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Crossini, James. “Houdini” Escape Trunk of James Crossini. A finely made mahogany “Brooks” trunk bound with brass hardware, owned and used by James Crossini, a British escape artist, and who billed it as a trunk owned and used by Harry Houdini. In effect, the performer made his escape from the locked trunk after being sealed inside by a committee from the audience, but also after the trunk had been fastened inside a canvas cover. With keys. 22 x 38 x 23 ½”. A few marks of wear at the hinges and on the exterior from use, but overall a handsome and finely built example of Herbert Brooks’s masterfully designed escape trunk. Accompanied by a TLS of provenance from Crossini’s one-time assistant Ronnie Marshall, stating that he “understood [the trunk] belonged to Houdini.” Crossini billed the trunk has “Houdini’s own £10,000 Trunk Mystery. Sold together with a quantity of ephemera related to the history of and Crossini’s performances with the trunk, including a series of photographs of the trunk in use on stage, two 8 x 10” photos of Crossini with the trunk, a handwritten outline of his trunk routine, and four large letterpress posters advertising Crossini’s performance of the trunk on various British music hall shows.
 Crossini, James. “Houdini” Escape Trunk of James Crossini. ...
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Minimum Bid: $1,300.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $3,600.00
Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000
Number Bids: 4
Auction closed on Saturday, May 2, 2020.
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