At Auction: Rare Magical Sheet Music and More! September 12th, 2009 Potter & Potter Auctions will conduct an auction of vintage magic memorabilia, including rare sheet music, on September 12, 2009, in Chicago
News-Antique.com - Jul 10,2009 - At Auction: Rare Magical Sheet Music and More! September 12th, 2009
For Immediate Release
July 10, 2009 --- Chicago, IL
Potter & Potter Auctions is pleased to announce an auction of magic memorabilia, apparatus and books, and rare sheet music, featuring the collection of noted magician, historian and publisher Walter Graham, of Omaha, Nebraska.
Most lots will be offered at low starting bids with no reserve.
A first for magic collectibles at auction will be an outstanding collection of magic-related sheet music.
Hundreds of sheets will be offered in the sale, including some pre-civil war music produced specifically for great magicians of the past. Among these are sheets for John Henry Anderson “The Wizard of the North,” Howard Thurston, Harry Blackstone, Sr., Robert-Houdin, W.H. Cremer,
One choice example, the Polka D’Illusion Magique (1866), features an elaborately lithographed scene of the Floating Head illusion on its full-color cover, as performed by magician Joseph Michael Hartz.
Other highlights include:
-An outstanding Checker Cabinet trick (ca. 1947) manufactured by Theo “Okito” Bamberg, known the world over as one of magic’s most outstanding craftsmen.
- Apparatus from legendary craftsmen from magic’s history, including Petrie & Lewis, F.G. Thayer, Martinka, and others.
-The Magic of Robert Harbin – one of 500 privately printed copies of this monumental book which details the construction of some of magic’s most famous illusions.
-A scarce lithograph advertising Howard Thurston’s performance of the fabled Indian Rope Trick – produced by the Strobridge Lithograph Company, ca. 1910.
-The Albo Books – a complete set of this invaluable and privately circulated 11+ volume work about the history and collecting of magic.
-Memorabilia from the estate of famed Omaha amateur magician and debunker of fraudulent mediums, David P. Abbott.
-Vintage magic supply house catalogs.
-Will Goldston’s famous “Locked Books.”
-Large lots of vintage and contemporary stage, close-up and card tricks, most offered at no reserve.
-Vintage stone lithographs and contemporary posters.
-A large, choice selection of vintage and contemporary books and periodicals.
Visit www.potterauctions.com to purchase a catalog, download a PDF-version, or for further information regarding the auction schedule, terms & conditions, absentee and phone bid forms, and more.
The sale will be conducted on September 12th, 2009, at 10 am. The sale and preview will be conducted at the Diane Tanios Gallery, 3243 N. Broadway St., Chicago, IL 60657. Bids will be accepted live, on line and via phone, mail and fax. Previews will be held on Friday, September 11th.
For additional information, and for inquiries, contact:
Gabe Fajuri, President
Potter & Potter Auctions, Inc.
1719 W. Leland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640