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Houdini Magic & Einstein Memorabilia

by Lawsons

Platinum House

213 lots with images

February 22, 2013

Live Auction

8-16 Moore Street

Leichhardt, 2040 Australia

Phone: +61 (0)2 9566 2377

Fax: +61 (0)2 9566 2388

Email: info@lawsons.com.au

213 Lots
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Carpet in Red and Green Tones 130 x 175

Lot 1105: Carpet in Red and Green Tones 130 x 175

Description: Carpet in Red and Green Tones 130 x 175

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Pine Chest Of Five Drawers

Lot 1162: Pine Chest Of Five Drawers

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Oak & Pine Oak Dumbwaiter

Lot 1226: Oak & Pine Oak Dumbwaiter

Description: Oak & Pine Oak Dumbwaiter

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Late 19th Century Cedar Wine Table with Turned Pedestal

Lot 1265: Late 19th Century Cedar Wine Table with Turned Pedestal

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Description: Late 19th Century Cedar Wine Table with Turned Pedestal

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Pair Of Oak Glass Front Bookcases

Lot 1389: Pair Of Oak Glass Front Bookcases

Description: Pair Of Oak Glass Front Bookcases

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An Early Victorian Mahogany Desk with Burgundy Tooled Leather Top & 4 Drawers with Recessed Knobs

Lot 1602: An Early Victorian Mahogany Desk with Burgundy Tooled Leather Top & 4 Drawers with Recessed Knobs

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Description: An Early Victorian Mahogany Desk with Burgundy Tooled Leather Top & 4 Drawers with Recessed Knobs

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Early 19th Century Mahogany Bookcase Top with Astragal Doors

Lot 1605: Early 19th Century Mahogany Bookcase Top with Astragal Doors

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Description: Early 19th Century Mahogany Bookcase Top with Astragal Doors

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Crested Fire Place Marked

Lot 1607: Crested Fire Place Marked "Nihil Sine Deo". Constructed by Arthur Murch and Dr. Crookston decorated with Dr. Crookston's make believ..

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Description: Crested Fire Place Marked "Nihil Sine Deo". Constructed by Arthur Murch and Dr. Crookston decorated with Dr. Crookston's make believe crest.

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Late Victorian Mahogany Bookcase with 2 Glass & 2 Panel Doors & Drawer

Lot 1608: Late Victorian Mahogany Bookcase with 2 Glass & 2 Panel Doors & Drawer

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George III Mahogany Corner Cabinet with a Door, 1 Drawer & 2 Faux Drawers

Lot 1611: George III Mahogany Corner Cabinet with a Door, 1 Drawer & 2 Faux Drawers

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Description: George III Mahogany Corner Cabinet with a Door, 1 Drawer & 2 Faux Drawers

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Good Vintage Wool Carpet Possibly Afshar, with Central Medallion Flanked by SIx Smaller & Floral Border

Lot 1617: Good Vintage Wool Carpet Possibly Afshar, with Central Medallion Flanked by SIx Smaller & Floral Border

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Description: Good Vintage Wool Carpet Possibly Afshar, with Central Medallion Flanked by SIx Smaller & Floral Border

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Probably Kuba Carpet with Lattice Design on Cream Ground & Kufic Style Boarder, 285 x 170cm

Lot 1629: Probably Kuba Carpet with Lattice Design on Cream Ground & Kufic Style Boarder, 285 x 170cm

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Description: Probably Kuba Carpet with Lattice Design on Cream Ground & Kufic Style Boarder, 285 x 170cm

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Victorian Mahogany Extension Dining Table on Turned Legs with Two Leaves

Lot 1633: Victorian Mahogany Extension Dining Table on Turned Legs with Two Leaves

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Set of 4 Bentwood Chairs with Upholstered Seats Early 20th Century

Lot 1635: Set of 4 Bentwood Chairs with Upholstered Seats Early 20th Century

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Antique Caucasian Runner with Colour Medallions & Hook Boarder

Lot 1638: Antique Caucasian Runner with Colour Medallions & Hook Boarder

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Victorian Oak Desk with Olive Leather Top & 2 Drawers

Lot 1640: Victorian Oak Desk with Olive Leather Top & 2 Drawers

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Victorian Rococo Revival Carved Rosewood Armchair with a BADA sticker

Lot 1642: Victorian Rococo Revival Carved Rosewood Armchair with a BADA sticker

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Cedar Bookcase with 2 Glass & 2 Timber Panel Doors, & Drawer

Lot 1646: Cedar Bookcase with 2 Glass & 2 Timber Panel Doors, & Drawer

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19th Century Cedar Hall Table with Bobbin Legs & Fitted with a Drawer

Lot 1655: 19th Century Cedar Hall Table with Bobbin Legs & Fitted with a Drawer

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Victorian Mahogany Toilet Mirror on Shaped Supports

Lot 1658: Victorian Mahogany Toilet Mirror on Shaped Supports

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Victorian Cedar Toilet Mirror with Arched Top

Lot 1659: Victorian Cedar Toilet Mirror with Arched Top

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Edwardian Mahogany Display Cabinet with 2 Astragal Doors

Lot 1668: Edwardian Mahogany Display Cabinet with 2 Astragal Doors

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Victorian Rosewood Canterbury Whatnot on Turned Supported & Fitted with a Drawer

Lot 1673: Victorian Rosewood Canterbury Whatnot on Turned Supported & Fitted with a Drawer

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Willian IV Rosewood Canterbury with Open Shelves & Drawer (restored)

Lot 1674: Willian IV Rosewood Canterbury with Open Shelves & Drawer (restored)

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Late 19th Century Cedar Dressing Table fitted with Single Drawer

Lot 1684: Late 19th Century Cedar Dressing Table fitted with Single Drawer

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Late 19th Century Cedar Dressing Table with Three Drawers

Lot 1685: Late 19th Century Cedar Dressing Table with Three Drawers

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George III Compact Mahogany Chest of 4 Graduated Drawers

Lot 1686: George III Compact Mahogany Chest of 4 Graduated Drawers

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Large Victorian Mahogany Toilet Mirror on Lyre Shaped Support

Lot 1690: Large Victorian Mahogany Toilet Mirror on Lyre Shaped Support

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19th Century Cedar Cabinet with Single Door

Lot 1692: 19th Century Cedar Cabinet with Single Door

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Late Victorian Cedar Bedroom Chair with Apricot Upholstery

Lot 1698: Late Victorian Cedar Bedroom Chair with Apricot Upholstery

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Late 19th Century Cedar Desk with a Red LeatherWriting Surface & 2 Drawers

Lot 1699: Late 19th Century Cedar Desk with a Red LeatherWriting Surface & 2 Drawers

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Late 19th Century Cedar Wash Stand with Hinged Top & Panel Door

Lot 1700: Late 19th Century Cedar Wash Stand with Hinged Top & Panel Door

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Fine Indian Carved & Finely Turned Fruitwood 3 Panel Screen with Inset Panel, Bay & 2 Windows

Lot 1711: Fine Indian Carved & Finely Turned Fruitwood 3 Panel Screen with Inset Panel, Bay & 2 Windows

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Small Persian Silk Rug with Hunting Scene

Lot 1716: Small Persian Silk Rug with Hunting Scene

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Good Indian Carved Fruitwood Easel

Lot 1717: Good Indian Carved Fruitwood Easel

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Colonial Cedar Chiffonier with Single Drawer & 2 Panel Doors

Lot 1719: Colonial Cedar Chiffonier with Single Drawer & 2 Panel Doors

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Georgian  Mahogany Breakfront Sideboard with 2 Long & 2 Deep Drawers on Tapering Legs

Lot 1733: Georgian Mahogany Breakfront Sideboard with 2 Long & 2 Deep Drawers on Tapering Legs

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Set of 3 Victorian Cedar Kidney Back Chairs with white upholstery

Lot 1735: Set of 3 Victorian Cedar Kidney Back Chairs with white upholstery

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Colonial Cedar Armchair (needs upholstery)

Lot 1740: Colonial Cedar Armchair (needs upholstery)

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Early Victorian Carved Rosewood Chaise Lounge (requiring upholstery)

Lot 1741: Early Victorian Carved Rosewood Chaise Lounge (requiring upholstery)

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Cedar and Blackwood Ladies Worktable with a Fabric Lined Basket

Lot 1747: Cedar and Blackwood Ladies Worktable with a Fabric Lined Basket

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Late Victorian Oak Library Table with Inset Writing Surface & Turned Beaded Legs

Lot 1754: Late Victorian Oak Library Table with Inset Writing Surface & Turned Beaded Legs

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Harry Houdini Signed Photograph

Lot 1801: Harry Houdini Signed Photograph

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Description: Harry Houdini Signed Photograph signed "To my good friend Dearn, Houdini" Dimensions - 23 x 18.5cm

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Houdini Photo & Letter

Lot 1802: Houdini Photo & Letter

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Description: Houdini Photo & Letter photo signed "To Mr & Mrs E.A. Dearn, Dec 1926 NYC" Dimensions - 25 x 20cm Stuck to verso is a letter from Mrs Houdini dated 19th December 1926, handwritten with signature regarding the passing of Harry Houdini

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Harry Houdini Signed Photograph, Letters & Memorabilia, Collected by E. A. Dearn

Lot 1803: Harry Houdini Signed Photograph, Letters & Memorabilia, Collected by E. A. Dearn

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Description: Harry Houdini Signed Photograph, Letters & Memorabilia, Collected by E. A. Dearn consisting of: signed photograph of Houdini'd flight in his biplane over Hamburg, Germany, Nov 26th 1909. (Dimensions - 22 x 16.5cm) Memoriam poster (Dimensions - 20 x 27cm) Typed letter from Mrs Houdini, with signature to Mrs. Julia Vogel Burgess, on Houdini letter head. Typed letter from Houdini, with signature to Mr. E. A. Dearn, dated October 6, 1923, on Houdini letter head. Typed letter from Houdini, with signature to Mr. E. A. Dearn, dated December 12, 1924, on Houdini letter head. Typed letter from Houdini, with signature to Mr. E. A. Dearn, dated March 18, 1924 (half an A4 page) Typed letter from Houdini, with signature to Mr. E. A. Dearn, dated May 24, 1926, on Houdini letter head. Typed letter from Beatrice Houdini, with signature to Mr. E. A. Dearn, dated April 14th 1927, on Houdini letter head, with hand written script: "Please write often, we will worry unless we hear of your safety" Typed letter from Beatrice Houdini, with signature to Mr. Dearn, dated July 8, 1927, on Houdini letter head. Typed letter from Beatrice Houdini, with signature to Mr E. A. Dearn, dated September 10, 1927 on Houdini letter head. Typed letter from Houdini with signature to Mr. E. A. Dearn, dated August 28, 1926 (half an A4 page). Typed letter from Houdini, with signature to Mr. E. A. Dearn, dated December 16, 1925, on Houdini letter head (half an A4 page). Typed letter from Houdini, with signature to Mr. E. A. Dearn, dated July 10, 1926, on Houdini letter head (less than half an A4 page). Typed letter from Houdini, with signature to Mr. E. A. Dearn, on The Society of American Magicians letter head. Houdini cartoon Christmas card. Typed letter from Houdini, with signature to Mr. E. A. Dearn, dated August 12, 1924, on Houdini letter head (half an A4 page). Typed letter from Houdini, with signature to Mr. E. A. Dearn, dated June 5, 1923, on Houdini letter head. Lettergram from Houdini, with signature and in handwritten script, dated October 20, 24. Christmas card from Houdini to Mr. E. A. Dearn, with Houdini envelope. "The Society of American Magicians" Card, Dated 1922 for Clinton Burgess, No 755, Signed by Harry Houdini & an envelope to E. A. Dearn. Approx 70 pages of cut-out newspaper articles relating to Houdini. Please note, the letters have been glued onto sheets of paper, so some letters are now back to back on paper.

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Letter from Harry Kellar to Harry Houdini

Lot 1804: Letter from Harry Kellar to Harry Houdini

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Description: Letter from Harry Kellar to Harry Houdini dated January 3, 1921 on Kellar letter head. The letter reads: "My dear Harry Houdini, what is Thurston trying to do? Promoting film companies and c. He may well be all eight but I should hate to see him loose his handsome money in new ventures. He made a big success as a magician and he ought to take care of his Mazuma while he is earning it. He is a bit of a dreamer and, in the past, has started several schemes that cost him a barrel of money. Regarding the levitation - I do not think Robinson ever got a working apparatus or he would never have given it up. The illusion described in Will Goldston's book, while perfect in principle is not a working plan and if Robinson tried to make the illusion from that, he no doubt became disgusted and discarded it. Carter, altho' he had his mechanic look Thurstons over never made a success with it. It takes a lot of detail which, if omitted, will spell failure. I speak from knowledge. I think his money trick which he got from De Kolta, is grand, but his best illusion is whirling crystal cage filled with electric lights, whirled around while suspended in the air and after being shown empty Daf(?) appeared in it. I do not remember Alexander ever showing a bible on the stage. But I do know that Alexander is a great big success as a show man and knows how to get his audiences and hold them. He is packing the theatres everywhere and that's the answer. All criticisms must holt against his phenomenal success. Alexander has brains and he uses them. Le Roy is one of the cleverest magicians on the stage all he lacks is a "Real Manager". Best wishes and regards to all the Houdini family, Your friend, Harry Kellar

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Handcuffs with Key Presented to E. A. Dearn by Harry Houdini

Lot 1805: Handcuffs with Key Presented to E. A. Dearn by Harry Houdini

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Description: Handcuffs with Key Presented to E. A. Dearn by Harry Houdini attached to timber stand, handcuffs stamped "Lockwood Brothers Sheffield", "28" & "hard" paper label to timber stand reads: "Historical handcuffs presented to my father Mr Edwin A. Dearn by Harry Houdini. Arthur Truman Dearn" Length of cuffs - 12cm

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Harry Houdini

Lot 1806: Harry Houdini "The Unmasking of Robert Houdin and Handcuff Secrets "

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Description: Harry Houdini "The Unmasking of Robert Houdin and Handcuff Secrets " Published by George Rouledge and Sons, Ltd, Broadway House, Ludgate Hill. Date of publication 1909 Bookplate for the library of E.A Dearn and stamped "From Edwin A. Dearn, Shanghai, China" Some ware to the exterior and foxing to several pages

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Harry Houdini

Lot 1807: Harry Houdini "A Magician Among the Spirits" Signed Copy

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Description: Harry Houdini "A Magician Among the Spirits" Signed Copy Published by Harper & Brothers, New York & London. Date of Publication 1924 Number of pages: 294, with a loose Errate & Addendum page Some light foxing Front page reads "To Edwin A Dearn Best wishes Houdini Feb 4 1925" Book plate to interior cover for the library of E.A Dearn

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