Charles Reynolds Collection Auction

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Postby Dustin Stinett » 09/28/12 01:10 PM

Potter & Potter have posted the online catalog for the Reynolds auction (which will be held October 27):

http://www.potterauctions.com/auctions/upcoming

Print catalogs are $30 (same link).
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 09/28/12 04:03 PM

Damn lot of fine goodies in that auction.
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Postby Dustin Stinett » 09/28/12 04:21 PM

Amazing goodies! Many unique items. Gotta win the lottery though...(of course, I guess I have to play it to win it, right?).
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Postby Jim Martin » 09/28/12 09:08 PM

Thanks for posting - who knew that "Roy Bensons
Salt Pour Gimmicks were sometimes made from metal film canisters." ?
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Postby hugmagic » 09/28/12 09:38 PM

I doubt if too many people even remember metal 35 mm film cans.

As a photographer, I would love to have Charles photos of Blackstone in the old Opera house.

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Postby Gary Plants » 09/28/12 11:18 PM

Coming up 2013........Cardini Auction! Wow.
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Postby Greg Edmonds » 10/02/12 05:51 PM

Richard, I remember the metal 35mm cans, even published an effect using them many years ago.

I thought those looking at the catalog or auction site for Charles Reynolds things might be interested in the mummy case.

I very much miss Charles, one of the greatest minds of magic in the last century. I occasionally speak with Regina, his widow. She tells me that Charles was in England (might have been with the Henning show, but don't know, Charles was a consultant with many of the top TV personalities years ago).

Anyway, while visiting the old Davenport's shop, Charles ventured into the basement, saw the mummy case (illusion door) there, and had to have it. So, the case was shipped back to the States, and appeared in publicity photos of Charles for a few years.

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Postby Marco Pusterla » 10/03/12 03:26 AM

Greg Edmonds wrote:I thought those looking at the catalog or auction site for Charles Reynolds things might be interested in the mummy case.


Indeed: the problem is to convince the wife that the mummy case will be a nice piece of furniture in our post-modern house. So far, I've tried to explain her she may use it as a wardrobe for her ever-increasing collection of couture, but she still doesn't seem convinced... any suggestion? :grin:
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Postby AnthonyBrahams » 10/03/12 10:48 AM

Marco, It could cause friendly notoriety and be good P.R. for you as a performer.
Strangers, on hearing that Charles Reynolds was a magician living in Greenwich Village, would be told that there was some guy who lived there and actually had a Mummy in his hall!
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Postby Leonard Hevia » 10/28/12 02:30 AM

I counted $203,440.00 as the final take for this auction. The prices appear to be steady for market value. The Robert Harbin book sold for $1,200.00. The Mind and Magic of David Berglas sold for $475.00. The Miracle Factory edition of The Annals of Conjuring went for $175.00. That's not a bad deal for this book--but then there is that pesky 20% auction fee.

I think I know--I think we know--who purchased The Great Leon's Mummy Sarcophagus for $22,000.00. Viva Las Vegas!
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 10/28/12 12:52 PM

One never knows anything until it is seen with one's own eyes.
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Postby Kevin Connolly » 10/28/12 01:27 PM

The Annals of Conjuring went for $175.00. That's not a bad deal for this book--but then there is that pesky 20% auction fee.


That's about half of what I have seen them for.
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Postby Kevin Connolly » 10/28/12 01:29 PM

The $2,500+ for the Tannen signs was a nice number. I should have unscrewed them when the boys were with the strippers next door.

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Postby Dustin Stinett » 11/01/12 04:33 AM

Here's my breakdown of the Reynolds Auction:

319 of 330 Lots sold
$203,440 Total Hammer Price
144% over Low Estimate of $141,075
106% over High Estimate of $192,050
High Lot (Dollar): #29 - Leon's Mummy Sarcophagus, $22,000 (+293%)
High Lot (% over HE): #223 - Pop Kriegers Cups, +500% ($7,500)

Other items of note:

#33 Maskelyne Trunk - $17,000 (H/E = $12,000)
#109 Mulholland's Bound file of The Sphinx - $5,500 (H/E = $6,000)
#299 Houdini Anti-Spiritualism Archive - $11,000 (H/E = $12,000)
#319 Maskelyne Will, the Witch, and the Watchman Poster - $17,000 (H/E = $5,000)
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