CHICAGO – Magic specialists Potter & Potter Auctions – no relation to the young sorcerer Harry – will sell Part IV of Jay Marshall’s legendary magic memorabilia collection May 16. LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding.
Among the highlights will be apparatus of significant historic association, rare books, early posters and broadsides, and ephemera and props suitable for all levels of collectors. Twenty lots of Houdiniana will also be featured in the auction. Included are a signed Harry Houdini letter and an autographed publicity photo, each estimated at $800-$1,000.
The auction will begin at 9 a.m. Central.
Exhibition will be held during the week of May 10, with special showings arranged for attendees of the Magic Collectors’ Weekend (held in Rosemont, Ill., on the three days preceding the auction).
In several instances, magic tricks will be sold by the trunk load. Magicians who worked the chautauqua and lyceum circuits packed their acts in large trunks for transit. Passed down from famous magicians to serious collectors, these rare trunks filled with secrets of the craft carry estimates of several thousand dollars each.
Single props like Fred Kaps’ Rabbit from a Cane and a stylish Card Star made by Okito (Joe Berg) of Chicago have estimates of more than $1,000 apiece. Talk about a tough act to follow, Kaps had the distinction of following the Beatles on stage on the Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, 1964.
Magician posters will include a circa 1908 three-sheet color lithograph promoting Germain the Wizard’s (Karl Germain/Charles Mattmuller) Witch’s Cauldron illusion, which has a $3,500-$4,500 estimate, and a circa 1938 three-sheet two-color lithograph for Dante (Harry August Jansen), a London magician, which is estimated at $800-$1,200. Both posters are linen backed.
Gabe Fajuri, president of Potter & Potter Auctions, and managing auctioneer Sami Fajuri, have 30 years combined experience in the antiquarian and collectibles auction trade.
Cooper & Cooper Auctions is located at 3729 N. Ravenswood Ave., Suite 116, in Chicago.
For details phone 773-472-1442.
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