Amazing hand-embellished advertising art for Harry Houdini's 1922 film The Man from Beyond, 39 x 29, showing the discovery of Houdini, who has been frozen in the Arctic ice for 100 years. An actual photograph beneath, Apeda Studio elaborated upon the image with original paint to artistically emphasize details of the ice and other areas, with the addition of hand-painted red-and-yellow lettering at the bottom, reading: "Houdini in The Man From Beyond." The art is presented in what seems to be the original easel display, measuring 45″ tall, labeled on the backing of the poster in blue pencil: "Return To: Houdini PC, 220 West 42 St, New York." In very good condition, with noticeable chips and paper loss to the top edge, and general scattered chips and dings to the surface. Accompanied by a letter from a previous owner, noting that this poster was acquired from the cache of Houdini's personal items discovered and sold in Allendale, New Jersey, in 1980; also accompanied by a pressbook for the film. Also includes a massive wooden case. This advertising artwork would have been displayed on stage with Houdini, or in theater lobbies to promote The Man from Beyond. In 1921, Houdini formed the Houdini Picture Corporation (the “Houdini PC” noted on the reverse of this display), which only produced two films—The Man From Beyond and Haldane of the Secret Service. These original pieces of Houdini advertising art—which were props belonging to the magician himself—are quite scarce and rarely offered publicly; the impressive size and unique hand-painted aspect of this example makes it extraordinarily desirable. The James Collings Collection.
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