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    Harry Houdini Signed Letter, Challenge Flyer, and Photo. Contains three items: 1) A typed letter from Harry Houdini with his signature in black ink in the bottom right corner, along with a "challenge" flyer. The letter, dated December 30th, 1918, is to a Powell about various matters, including fellow magicians. Letter measures 7 ¾" x 9 ¾". In Very Good condition with toning around all edges; 2) The flyer (measuring 6" x 9") touts a challenge between a Sheriff Peter Hoffman to Houdini about escaping a straitjacket. Issued in Cook County, IL on October 9, 1923, Houdini accepted and performed the feat on Oct. 11 at the Palace Theatre. In Very Good condition with a small tear in left center portion, a small tear in the upper left corner, and creasing in the bottom right corner. Comes with a card and tag from a previous auction at Julien's, mentioning flyer and letter; 3) An 8" x 10" black and white photo of Houdini. In Very Good Plus condition with some creasing spots. COA from Heritage Auctions.

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    14th Saturday 9:50 am CT
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    14th Saturday
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