Automata: Life & Other Illusions
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Blooming Orange Tree Automaton. Paris: Pierre Mayer, ca. 2005. As the handle is cranked, the small tree grows white blossoms, then bears orange fruits. Finally, the orange at the top splits open to reveal a silk handkerchief pulled upward by two butterflies. Modeled after the famous automaton/magic trick of Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin, the “father of modern magic,” and with a cut-out three-quarter length portrait of the Frenchman mounted behind the automaton. 5 x 3 x 12”. Sold together with a contemporary flip book by Mayer showing the automaton in action. VIEW VIDEO
Blooming Orange Tree Automaton.
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $1,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $4,320.00
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Number Bids: 6
Auction closed on Saturday, August 24, 2019.
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