On Sunday, September 7, 2008 you are invited to the live auction of the estate of Billy McComb at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, California.
This unique event will celebrate Billy’s extraordinary life in magic by offering selections of his personal property spanning several decades -- including photographs, letters, manuscripts, ephemera, magic tricks, awards, rare magic books, inscribed photographs from top magicians and personal effects.
The sale will contain a stunning collection of photographs, notebooks and records from McComb’s early career. Highlights include a set of The Tarbell Course in Magic books -- the six volumes published in Tarbell’s lifetime, each individually signed to McComb, embellished with hand-drawn cartoons. Another highlight is a hand-cut silhouette of Billy from longtime friend and colleague Dai Vernon. Other treasures include original Houdini magazines, first edition Goldston tomes (three-volume set), a Victorian Vent Doll and an antique shadow puppet.
Billy McComb’s longtime affiliation with the Academy of Magical Arts (Magic Castle) is also represented with an important group of awards and correspondence during his tenure as Vice President and member of the Board of Directors. Similarly, his association with London’s Magic Circle is featured, as well as conjuring and variety clubs and societies worldwide.
It is with understandable excitement this auction will be a wonderful opportunity for McComb devotees to obtain a wide variety of magical history, which carries a powerful and direct connection to Ireland’s Largest Leprechaun. Each object will undoubtedly trigger a McCombical memory for the admirer, collector and student of his work.
The sale will preview at the Magic Castle on September 6 and 7. As more information becomes available, it will be posted on the web.