The engraved belt buckle Houdini was wearing when he went into Grace Hospital 95 years ago sold today for a whopping $90,000 (including premium) in Potter & Potter's auction of the Salon de Magie: The Klosterman Collection Part I. The auction estimate of $5,000 - $10,000. The buckle comes framed with a letter of provenance from Douglas Geoffrey aka Hardeen Jr.
The famous bell box Houdini used to demonstrate his exposure of Margery the medium sold for $84,000 (including premium). Auction estimate was $10,000 - $20,000.
Other notable Houdini items were Houdini's Card Star ($40,800), his Flight of Time ($21,600), and a 1912 Dangerfield Water Torture Cell poster ($112,500). This was the second Dangerfield USD poster to sell in just a few days. Wild times!