RARE Vintage Autographed Photo - 1920
Very Rare vintage autographed photo of Harry Houdini with boxing Champions Jack Dempsey and Benny Leonard (In 2005, the International Boxing Research Organization ranked Leonard as the #1 lightweight of all-time). This incredible photo may be one-of-a-kind! Although there are reprint photos of this same event where Jack Dempsey is getting ready to punch Houdini (as he is held by Leonard), this is the first time we have seen this exact photo with Houdini in the middle as referee. And we could not locate it anywhere else online. And of course unlike the other version seen online (reproductions) this one is an ORIGINAL Period 1 photo!
Photo is a crisp early 20th century photo with an amazing bold dark fountain pen signature by Houdini, "To Harry Stone from Houdini Aug 12/20.". Note how Houdini essentially ALSO signed his First name in the inscription (as recipient is also Harry).
One of the best Houdini signatures we have ever come across! In addition, most every autographed Houdini photo we have encountered has been a portrait. Rarely do "in Action" photos like this appear on the market, particularly with legendary sports figures. We have a strong Houdini following among our clientele and this one is sure to find a new, lucky owner faster then Jack Dempsey's right hook! An amazing piece of History!
Nicely framed and PSA Certified. Comes with full letter of authenticity from PSA. Both PSA and JSA are the most respected and reputable autograph authentication services in the industry. All major auction houses and reputable dealers rely ONLY on one of them.
Vintage 8.75 x 7 photo of Houdini
refereeing a fake boxing match between Jack Dempsey and Benny Leonard in front
of a large crown including armed soldiers, signed and inscribed in fountain pen
“To Harry Stone from Houdini Aug 12/20.” Matted and framed to an overall size
of 14.25 x 12.5. In very good condition, with scattered creases, a couple
touching beginning of signature, and mild silvering to darker areas of image
and background. Although the history surrounding the event where the photo was
taken is unknown, all three did know each other. At the beginning of World War
I, Houdini found himself shut out of the European market. He threw himself into
the war effort, selling war bonds and teaching American soldiers how to free
themselves from German restraints.
Guaranteed Authentic for Life
Conway's Vintage Treasures
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Note: Cvtreasures stamp NOT on original photo