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1925 Harry Houdini Signed Letter

Starting Bid - $400.00, Sold For - $1,508.00

Typed and signed letter (9 x 8 inches) from master magician Harry Houdini (1874-1926) dating to within eighteen months of his tragic death. Houdini sent this letter from the B.F. Keith Theatre of Indianapolis on April 1, 1925, just before moving his legendary, full-evening, three-act show to Cincinnati for a week-long engagement beginning April 6, 1925. The correspondence to "Mr. Dorny, Arthur P. Felsman, Chicago, Ill." reads in full: "My dear Dorny: Thanks for the two clippings, one was very important, the one where I am one of the new Committee in Boston. Kindest regards and best wishes." The letter is flawlessly and boldly signed in black ink beneath the typed salutation, "Houdini" ("10") and is followed by the handwritten postscript: "am rushing this away." "Dorny" refers to W. Dornfeld, author of the classic magician's guide Trix and Chatter (published 1921 by Arthur P. Felsman) and the subject matter of the letter appears to pertain to Houdini's crusade at the time to expose fraudulent mediums and psychics. The letter has normal mailing folds and a few minor edge tears, of no consequence but mentioned for the sake of accuracy, and is otherwise in Excellent condition. The large, bold signature and content directly relating to his interest in exposing fraud (the baton of this crusade has been passed in modern times to "The Amazing Randi"), makes this a particularly exceptional signed letter from the master of illusion. The letter is accompanied by a 1920s promotional photograph of Houdini with stamped signature. The letter and original photograph are beautifully matted and framed together to total dimensions of 17 x 22 inches. LOA from James Spence, Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $400, Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,508.00

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