Lot #477
Harry Houdini

Houdini vacations in Egypt in 1910, the source for his short story collaboration with H. P. Lovecraft
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Estimate: $1500+

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Houdini vacations in Egypt in 1910, the source for his short story collaboration with H. P. Lovecraft

ALS penned on the reverse of a 5.5 x 3.5 Egyptian postal card, January 11, 1910. Handwritten letter from Port Said, Egypt, addressed to Dr. J. E. Waitt of Boston, in full: "Just a line to let you know that all's well—we are on our way. We stop off here 24 hours. Regard to your family from all of us." Reverse is addressed in Houdini's hand. In fine condition, with some light soiling. Houdini's brief vacation in Egypt in 1910 was later the basis for a short story collaboration between himself and the influential horror writer H. P. Lovecraft. Published in the May 1924 issue of Weird Tales, the story, entitled 'Imprisoned with the Pharaohs,' tells a fictionalized account of an allegedly true experience had by Houdini while in Egypt. The fantastical tale finds the escape artist being kidnapped, dropped into a deep hole, and coming face-to-face with the real-life deity that inspired the building of the Sphinx. Houdini enjoyed the story and the two men collaborated on several smaller projects prior to the latter's death in 1926.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Animation
  • Dates: #608 - Ended May 12, 2021





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