|Topic: The Auction of the Century - The Christopher Collection|
It is with great pleasure that I announce that I have been retained by Martinka’s to call the live auction of the Christopher Collection taking place in New York City on April 20th, 2011.
The sale will be held at the Hotel Pennsylvania (401 Seventh Ave., 800-223-8585) with a preview on April 19th. On-line bidding will be available as well.
Martinka through arrangement with Maurine Brooks Christopher will hold this unique and extensive auction of numerous rare and exciting items from the famous Christopher Collection. This collection has been a source of wonder for magicians and collectors that has spanned decades. Milbourne Christopher, a name synonymous with magic the world over, began collecting when he was a boy. At the time of his death on June 17, 1984 he amassed one of the most complete and extensive historical collections on conjuring in the world. Posters, etchings, photos, scrapbooks, memorabilia and artifacts beyond belief, plus a great variety of the rarest of books resulted from a lifelong effort to build and assemble one of the great treasure troves of magic in existence. This truly will be a magical offering!! Some items can be previewed soon at http://www.martinka.com and a catalog will be available as well.
Here are just a few of the wonderful offerings in this historic sale:
Bosco’s Copper Duck Pan with a cabinet photo of Leon Bosco holding the pan.
The bronze Magician Desk set featured on the cover of Christopher’s The Illustrated History of Magic.
An assortment of Chung Ling Soo posters.
Dean’s The Whole Art of Legerdemain 3rd Edition ca 1763 Stott 201
An original pen and ink as well as engraving from Bartholomew Fair featuring Isaac Fawkes described as a Souvenir Fan in Panorama on page 18.
Horace Goldin’s Half Sheet Tiger God
Carl Hertz’s Vanishing Bird Cage
Hocus Pocus JR 13th Edition 1697
Hardeen’s personal scrapbooks
Lot’s of wonderful Houdini material
LeRoy’S Personal Scrapbooks
Confidences d'un Prestidigitateur par Robert-Houdin Vol 1 & 2 First Edition, First Issue -Signed by Robert-Houdin.
Talma’s Personal Break-away Fan.
David A. Goodman
The Magic Auctioneer
2859 N. Hermitage Ave.
Chicago, Il 60657
NYC License #1383720
The auction link for bidding with all lot descriptions can now be accessed through my website at http://www.magicauctioneer.com under the online auction tab.
You can also print a catalog here: http://www.martinka.com/media/auction/martinka-chris-catalog.pdf.
With all the talk around estimates and reserves, we wanted the estimates to be low as bidding will open at 1/2 the low estimate and per the auction terms, the reserve will be no more than the low estimate. This truly will ensure an exciting sale for all participants!
Good luck and have fun!!
We went to the showing the day before and were onine part of the time. Does anyone have the hammer prices or know where to get them.
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Dick & Dorothy