Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Happy Birthday Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini Skeleton Key Display
Happy birthday to magician and escapologist Harry Houdini (1874-1926). Our Collector's Treasure of the Day is this skeleton key from Houdini's personal collection. The key is mounted, framed and glazed. Originally billed as "The Handcuff King," significant portion of Harry Houdini's early repertoire involved escaping from various sets of handcuffs (and other restraints) presented to him by challengers; he eventually expanded the act to include escapes from jail cells, locked canvas mailbags, crates tossed in rivers, and other such scenarios. The key was obtained from the estate of famous key and lock collector Paul Harter who originally purchased Houdini's locks and keys from Houdini's brother Hardeen. In fine condition. Framed display is approximately 15 x 16 inches. Authenticity guaranteed for life by Collector's Shangri-La plus RR Auction COA.

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