Lot 873: TLS signed "Houdini," one page, 8.5 x 5.5, personal letterhead, September 11, 1924. Letter to Arthur Heitmuller in Washington, DC. In part: "I will be in Washington, the week of the 29th, of August. Will call and see you personally." Central vertical and horizontal folds, scattered soiling, and slight show-through from a tape remnant near the top edge, otherwise fine condition. The Heitmuller Art Company was a premier collectibles dealer in Washington that specialized in autographs, manuscripts, and historical prints. Among their inventory were artifacts related to John Wilkes Booth and a collection of items of Dr. Samuel Mudd, who was imprisoned for conspiring with Booth after tending to his broken leg on the night of the assassination. Houdini, famously known as a collector himself, had a keen interest in the Lincoln assassination and hoped to view the material when he was in Washington.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs & Artifacts
Friday, 23rd October 2015
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