Automata: Life & Other Illusions
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Robert-Houdin Blooming Orange Tree. New Port Ritchey: Paul Lembo, ca. 2007. Giant version of the classic automaton orange tree made famous by the “father of modern magic,” Jean Eugene Robert-Houdin at his famous Paris theatre. The barren tree, resting in a large wooden pot, first blooms white blossoms. Then, in a staggered progression, five real oranges grow on the tree, which can be plucked from it and distributed to the audience. The finale of the effect comes when a final orange appears at the top of the tree, breaks in half, and two mechanized butterflies flutter upward, holding a previously vanished handkerchief to which is tied a previously borrowed ring. Height 67”.
Robert-Houdin Blooming Orange Tree.
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Minimum Bid: $1,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $4,320.00
Estimate: $3,000.00 - $5,000.00
Number Bids:7
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