Lot 8100: Spectacular matte-finish 3.5 x 5.25 real photo postcard of Houdini examining a pair of handcuffs, boldly signed and inscribed in black fountain pen "Harry Houdini, Jan 26–11." The magician is identified as "Harry Hancuff Houdini" in print along the top border. In fine condition, with some silvering to darker edge portions. Disillusioned by numerous imitators, in early 1908, Houdini broke away from his familiar handcuff routine and focused on expanding his repertoire. This provided an opportunity to tackle ever-escalating escapes from confined, often water-filled spaces. In September 1911, Houdini accomplished one of his most bizarre feats: escaping from a beached sea creature at Boston's B. F. Keith's Theater. The here-offered signed image is quite scarce—and although it was signed during a time he was expanding his horizons—it harkens back to his most well-known moniker.
RR Auction's Remarkable Rarities Auction 461
Monday, 28th September 2015
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