As I have announced before, 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.
Here are just a few of the wonderful offerings that will be included in this historic sale:
Boscos Copper Duck Pan with a cabinet photo of Leon Bosco holding the pan.
The bronze Magician Desk set featured on the cover of Christophers The Illustrated History of Magic.
An assortment of Chung Ling Soo posters.
Deans The Whole Art of Legerdaemain 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 Goldins Half Sheet Tiger God
Carl Hertzs Vanishing Bird Cage
Hocus Pocus JR 13th Edition 1697
Hardeens personal scrapbooks
Lots of wonderful Houdini material
LeRoyS Personal Scrapbooks
Confidences d'un Prestidigitateur par Robert-Houdin Vol 1 & 2 First Edition, First Issue -Signed by Robert-Houdin.
Talmas Personal Break-away Fan
This will truly be be a magical offering.
Stay tuned for more updates and get ready to be the new owner of these incredibly historic items.
[size:14pt]David A. Goodman
The Magic Auctioneer
2859 N. Hermitage Ave.
Chicago. Il 60657
NYC Auctioneer LIcense #1383720