New Oxford, Pennyslvania: George Daily and Mike Caveney, 2000.
Loose_leaf. Offered here is a bidder's archive of a trip to one of the most famous magic auctions in modern times: the sale of rare books, magazines, catalogs, apparatus, playbills, and posters from the legendary Egyptian Hall Museum, the oldest private magic museum in America, established 1895, the largest repository of magician's lithographs in the world, and "unquestionably one of the greatest accumulations of magic memorabilia in the world" (Gabe Fajuri, Magicol Issue No. 137), offered to the public for sale for the first time by the fourth owners of Egyptian Hall, George Daily and Mike Caveney, via fixed price sale and auction at Yazoo Mills Warehouse in New Oxford, Pennsylvania on September 23rd and 24th of 2000. As Fajuri continues in his Magicol article "Sale of the Century" (included in this collection): "Jaws dropped when they first entered the Yazoo Mills factory warehouse and saw what was being offered. Even for those who had visited the Egyptian Hall in Brentwood, Tennessee, the number of lithographs on display in the vast space was more than they could have imagined. Strobridge eight-sheets advertising Thurston, Kellar one-sheets, and countless other scarce and rare items covered the walls. More graphic ephemera overflowed tables and shelves. A Kassner eight-sheet advertising the vanish of Toto the elephant hung over the door..." This unique archive, including invitation, annotated list of lots, paddle, Magicol review, and 22 original photogaphs, offers a special portal into what attending this magical "sale of the century" was like as a collector and lover of all things magic, illusion, and conjuring.
Mild edgewear to items, else fine.
This archive includes:
1. Original invitation pamphlet promoting the sale and auction, 8 1/2" X 5 1/2", 4-pages.
2. Complete list of lots, available at the preview, staplebound printed wraps, 8 1/2" X 6 7/8", 12-pages, with realized prices (including for 4 TBA lots and a correction to an item description) notated in ink by bidder.
3. Original invoice of bidder's purchases.
4. Original Egyptian Hall branded bidder's paddle, number 62, 8 1/2" X 11".
5. Magicol: A Journal of the Magic Collector's Association, Issue No. 137, November 2000, with review of the auction, "Sale of the Century" by Gabe Fajuri, including a picture in which this bidder and his number 62 paddle are featured.
6. Packet of 22 original photographs of the auction preview and fixed sale's astonishing amount of magician's posters. Very good. Item #13424