Tag Archive for: magic apparatus

Butterfly silk production magic apparatus by Jon Martin, dating to 1933, estimated at $4,000-$8,000

Potter & Potter to conjure Summer Magic with June 17 sale

Butterfly silk production magic apparatus by Jon Martin, dating to 1933, estimated at $4,000-$8,000

Butterfly silk production magic apparatus by Jon Martin, dating to 1933, estimated at $4,000-$8,000

CHICAGO – Potter & Potter Auctions will conduct a 560+ lot Summer Magic Auction on Saturday, June 17 starting at 10 am Central time. It will feature antique to contemporary magic apparatus, important posters, ephemera and research archives as well as selections from the collections of Jim Deloach, William Trotter, and Ken Klosterman’s Salon de Magie library. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Read more

Circa-1898 poster touting Harry Houdini as the King of Cards, $21,600

Potter & Potter’s spring Harry Houdini sale conjures $652K total

Circa-1898 poster touting Harry Houdini as the King of Cards, $21,600

Circa-1898 poster touting Harry Houdini as the King of Cards, $21,600

CHICAGO – Potter & Potter Auctions‘ early spring Harry Houdini sale, held on April 8, was a profound success. At the end of a long day of enthusiastic bidding, the 345-lot auction realized more than $652,000 and had a 98% sell through rate.

Read more

Houdini set to mystify in dedicated sale at Potter & Potter, April 8

Left, Houdini’s canvas and leather strait jacket escape, estimated at $50,000-$100,000; Right, circa-1906 signed and inscribed portrait photo of Houdini, estimated at $4,000-$6,000

Left, Houdini’s canvas and leather strait jacket escape, estimated at $50,000-$100,000; Right, circa-1906 signed and inscribed portrait photo of Houdini, estimated at $4,000-$6,000

CHICAGO – Potter & Potter Auctions‘ Saturday, April 8 Houdiniana Sale will feature historically important materials from the legendary magician, including unpublished documents, props and personal relics. Also on offer are images of Houdini, early publicity posters and association copies of his most famous publications. The 345-lot sale will start at 10 am Central time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Read more

One from a trio of David Blaine posters, signed by the magician-escape artist, which together sold for $2,400

It’s no illusion: Potter & Potter sale conjures almost $350K

Trio of David Blaine posters, signed by the magician-escape artist, $2,400

Trio of David Blaine posters, signed by the magician-escape artist, $2,400

CHICAGO – Potter & Potter Auctions held its Winter Magic Auction on December 10, its final magic sale of 2022, which reached a healthy total of almost $350,000.

Read more

Houdini prop sets $324K world auction record at Potter & Potter

Harry Houdini’s automatic flowering rosebush magic apparatus, $324,000

CHICAGO – Potter & Potter Auctions’ October 31 magic event, timed to coincide with Halloween and the anniversary of the death of escape artist and magician Harry Houdini, realized a healthy $1.2 million total. But no one anticipated the excitement – or record-busting results – one phenomenal item would generate. That was lot #68, Harry Houdini’s automatic flowering rosebush. Estimated at $25,000-$50,000, it achieved $324,000, nearly 13 times its estimate. This object now holds the world record for the most-expensive piece of magic memorabilia sold at public auction.

Read more

Detail of a signed and inscribed movie still depicting Harry Houdini in the film ‘The Grim Game,’ estimated at $2,500-$5,000

Wild about Harry Houdini? Potter & Potter’s Oct. 29 sale delivers

Left, Harry Houdini’s automatic flowering rosebush magic apparatus, estimated at $25,000-$50,000; Center, first edition of Houdini’s book, ‘The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin,’ estimated at $1,500-$2,500; Right, a signed and inscribed movie still of Houdini in the film ‘The Grim Game,’ estimated at $2,500-$5,000.

Left, Harry Houdini’s automatic flowering rosebush magic apparatus, estimated at $25,000-$50,000; Center, first edition of Houdini’s book, ‘The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin,’ estimated at $1,500-$2,500; Right, a signed and inscribed movie still of Houdini in the film ‘The Grim Game,’ estimated at $2,500-$5,000.

CHICAGO – On Saturday, October 29, starting at 10 am Central time, Potter & Potter Auctions will present Salon De Magie -The Klosterman Collection Part III, a 370-lot sale of historically significant magic apparatus, archives, collections and literature. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Read more

Circa-1947 Okito Checker Cabinet by Theo Bamberg, est. $10,000-$15,000

Potter & Potter to conjure 500+ lots of pure magic, July 16

Circa-1947 Okito Checker Cabinet by Theo Bamberg, est. $10,000-$15,000

Circa-1947 Okito Checker Cabinet by Theo Bamberg, est. $10,000-$15,000

CHICAGO – Potter & Potter Auctions‘ Saturday, July 16 sale, The Collection of Jim DeLoach, will feature a fine selection of antique to modern magic apparatus, posters, books and artwork. The auction, containing 531 lots, will start at 10 am Central time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Read more

Gallery Report: Loie Hollowell painting crests $1M at Clars

ATLANTA – At the beginning of every month, ACN columnist Ken Hall delivers top auction highlights from around the United States and across the wider world. Here’s the May 2022 edition of his Gallery Report. All prices include the buyer’s premium, except where noted.

Loie Hollowell painting, $1.05 million, Clars Auction Gallery

A painting by Loie Hollowell (American, b. 1983), titled Point of Entry (Blood-Orange Moon Over Orange Sac), sold for $1.05 million at a Modern + Contemporary Art + Design sale held March 25 by Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland, California. Also, a 1961 drawing by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), titled Etudes VII (d’apres Manet), brought $150,000, and a double-sided oil on canvas painting by Maria-Mela Muter (Polish/French, 1876-1967) changed hands for $106,250.

Winchester cartridge board, CA$70,800, Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.

A Winchester cartridge board dating to circa 1884 sold for $70,800 in an online-only Petroliana & Advertising Auction held April 23 by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd., in New Hamburg, Canada. Also, a circa-1905 Carhartt’s Overalls single-sided porcelain corner sign achieved $25,960, and a Canadian Ford V8 dealer double-sided porcelain sign from the 1930s realized $15,340. Prices are in Canadian dollars.

Marble sculpture of a woman, $21,250, Ahlers & Ogletree

A classical early 20th-century Continental School semi-nude marble sculpture of a woman sold for $21,250 in a two-day Spring Estates & Collections auction held April 9-10 by Ahlers & Ogletree in Atlanta. Also, an Untitled Abstract oil painting by Syd Solomon (American, 1917-2004) realized $20,000, and an oil on canvas by Henri Hecht Maik (French, 1922-1993), titled Le Reveille du Hibou (The Awakening of the Owl), achieved $20,000.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse motorcycle, $222,000, Bertoia Auctions

A circa-1932 Tippco (Germany) Mickey and Minnie Mouse motorcycle tin wind-up toy sold for $222,000, a new world record auction price for any Disney toy, at the sale of the Monique Knowlton antique toy collection held March 11-12 by Bertoia Auctions in Vineland, N.J. Also, a Masudaya (Japan) Machine Man Robot made $72,000, and a Bandai (Japan) Flying Spaceman ‘Superman’ friction cycle in the original box rose to $57,600.

B. Prabha painting, $37,500, Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers

An oil on canvas by B. Prabha (India, 1933-2001), depicting three women dressed in white and yellow, sold for $37,500 at an auction held April 4 by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers in Cranston, R.I. Also, a religious painting by Mahadev Dhurandhar (India, 1867-1944), depicting a man laying down his bow and arrows at the feet of Shiva, changed hands for $31,250.

Crystal ball casket magic apparatus, $36,000, Potter & Potter Auctions

Jonathan N. Hofzinser’s Crystal Ball Casket illusion, created circa 1860, sold for $36,000 at Part 2 of the Ken Klosterman magic collection held March 26 by Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago. Also, a color lithograph from around 1920, titled Rostrum The Last Word in Magic, commanded $26,400; and Alexander’s Sawing a Woman in Half illusion, made by F.G. Thayer of Los Angeles in 1921, finished at $24,000.

Chinese food vessel, $487,500, Hindman

A Chinese archaic bronze ceremonial food vessel from the mid-Western Han dynasty sold for $487,500 at an auction of Chinese and Himalayan Works of Art held March 29 by Hindman in Chicago. Also, a semi-translucent apple green jadeite tripod censer and cover realized $287,500; a translucent grayish-celadon jadeite covered vase rang up $81,250; an archaistic bronze wine jar and cover garnered $40,625; and a carved yellow jade covered vase went for $20,000.

Wesco Model 212 gas pump, $38,400, Morphy Auctions

A West Coast Equipment Company (Wesco) Model #212 gas pump, professionally restored in Hancock Gasoline livery, sold for $38,400 at an Automobilia, Petroliana & Railroadiana auction held March 29-30 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania. Also, a Buick Authorized Valve in Head neon porcelain sign in complete, original condition realized $27,600, and an Edsel Automobiles double-sided porcelain neon dealership sign went for $24,000.

Lincoln’s pocket knife, $519,000, Heritage Auctions

A custom pocket knife in its original presentation box, given to Abraham Lincoln on June 16, 1864 by Alfred B. Justice for attending the Great Central Sanitary Fair in Philadelphia, sold for $519,000 at a Lincoln and His Times Auction held Feb. 12-13 by Heritage Auctions in Dallas. Also, the key to Box No. 7 at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., where Lincoln was assassinated in 1865, earned $495,000; and a bust of Lincoln by Chicago artist Leonard Volk attained $399,000.

Cartier Art Deco desk clock, $359,100, Doyle

A circa-1925 Art Deco desk clock by Cartier sold for $359,100 at an Important Jewelry auction held April 12 by Doyle in New York City. Also, a natural pearl necklace with a platinum and Fancy Intense blue diamond clasp found a new owner for $226,800; a jade bead necklace with a gold clasp earned $201,600; a platinum and diamond ring slipped onto a new finger for $195,300; and an antique gold, sapphire and diamond horseshoe brooch changed hands for $138,600.

Huanghuali armchairs, $948,000, Freeman’s

A pair of Chinese huanghuali armchairs from the late Ming to Qing dynasty sold for $948,000 at an Asian Arts auction held April 13 by Freeman’s in Philadelphia. Also, two Chinese blue and white porcelain panels went for $403,200; a Chinese Qing dynasty famille rose-decorated Butterflies and Blossoms vase with the four-character Yongzheng mark achieved $189,000; and a Chinese Qing dynasty creamy-white jade carving of a bear realized $107,100.

Handwritten Beethoven letter, $251,240, RR Auction

A four-page letter handwritten by Ludwig van Beethoven, dated Sept. 24, 1815 and penned in German to his librettist, the court poet Friedrich Treitschke, sold for $251,240 in an online auction held April 13 by RR Auction in Boston. Also, a notice of insurance claim for Lee Harvey Oswald, a proof of death certificate obligating the insurance company to pay Oswald’s mother $863 for her son’s demise, brought $79,436; and a Marilyn Monroe-signed photograph, taken in 1953, earned $28,895.

Tom Brady rookie card, $4,800, Cordier Auctions

A 2000 Bowman Chrome Tom Brady rookie card #236, graded PSA 9, sold for $4,800 in sports card and comic book auctions held April 3 and April 10 by Cordier Auctions in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Also, a copy of Detective Comics #225, the first issue of Martian Manhunter (1955) hit $4,080; a copy of Detective Comics #233, the first issue of Batwoman (1956) brought $3,120; a 1955 Topps Roberto Clemente rookie card #164 made $3,360; and a 1980 Topps Baseball unopened wax box realized $2,250.

Popeye and Olive Oyl toy tank, $105,000, Milestone Auctions

A Linemar (Japan) battery-operated Popeye and Olive Oyl Tank with its original box sold for $105,000 at an Antique Toy Spectacular held April 9 by Milestone Auctions in Willoughby, Ohio. Also, a Linemar battery-operated Popeye and Row Boat with its original box earned $13,200; a Chein tin wind-up Popeye Overhead Puncher with its original box rang up $11,400; and a Chein tin wind-up Popeye Heavy Hitter with its original box rose to $11,400.

Saturn V digital computer memory module, $71,335, RR Auction

A Saturn V Launch Vehicle digital computer memory module sold for $71,335 in an online-only Space Exploration Auction held March 10-April 21 by RR Auction in Boston. Also, Gus Grissom’s prototype pressure suit from Project Gemini went for $64,850; Dave Scott’s Apollo 15-flown CSM update checklist achieved $58,885; Alan Shepard’s Project Mercury spacesuit glove changed hands for $43,923; and Jack Swigert’s Apollo 13-flown flag earned $52,878.

Hughie Lee-Smith painting, $365,000, Swann Auction Galleries

Aftermath, a circa-1960 painting by Hughie Lee-Smith (American, 1915-1999), sold for $365,000 – a new record for the artist – at an African American Art auction held March 31 by Swann Galleries in New York City. Also, a 1982 dry pigment work by Ed Clark, titled Spatial Image III, commanded $341,000; an untitled (Atmospheric Effects Series) acrylic on paper by Alma Thomas from 1971 made $209,000; and an untitled circa 1958-1959 oil painting by Beauford Delaney hit $137,000.

 

View top auction results on LiveAuctioneers here: https://www.liveauctioneers.com/pages/recent-auction-sales/

Johann N. Hofzinser’s circa-1860 crystal ball casket, $36,000

Klosterman magic collection part 2 totals $815K at Potter & Potter

Johann N. Hofzinser’s circa-1860 crystal ball casket, $36,000

Johann N. Hofzinser’s circa-1860 crystal ball casket, $36,000

CHICAGO – Salon de Magie: Klosterman Collection Part 2, a sale held at Potter & Potter Auctions on March 26, was thrilling from start to finish, totaling $815,000 and achieving a sell-through rate of nearly 100%.

Read more

Johann N. Hofzinser’s crystal ball casket, est. $15,000-$25,000

Klosterman magic collection returns to Potter & Potter, March 26

Johann N. Hofzinser’s crystal ball casket, est. $15,000-$25,000

Johann N. Hofzinser’s crystal ball casket, est. $15,000-$25,000

CHICAGO – Potter & Potter Auctions will host Salon De Magie -The Klosterman Collection Part II, a 281-lot sale scheduled for Saturday, March 26, starting at 10 am Central time. This is a much-anticipated event; Part 1, offered at Potter & Potter in October 2021, was the highest-grossing exclusively magic sale of all time, realizing more than $1.9 million. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Read more