I didn't attend but followed the auction with some interest on behalf of our friend, John Reed. John's copy of Miracle Mongers and Their Methods
, inscribed by Houdini to his brother, Dash, plus a pair of engraved cuffs, brought the highest sale of the auction at $15,000! It has been reported that there was only one bidder for that item, identified as Bidder 239, but I think, in fact, there was one other previous bidder. Mr. 239 bought many other items and was probably the biggest spender throughout.
It is my understanding that there were only about 100 present, not counting the emailers, faxers and telephoners. Perhaps, the recent activities in NYC truly interfered with the attendance. I am of the impression that Swann was greatly disappointed by the restraint of the bidders and the fact, with a few exceptions, that most of the items fell far short of the earlier estimated prices. You can find the final prices at www.swanngalleries.com
but you will need a catalog for it to make sense. All in all, I think the auction signalled a reversal of the previous upward spiral of prices of Houdini items. Will have to wait and see.