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    Sale 5425

    Pop Culture: Entertainment Memorabilia

    4 December 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 18

    Harry Houdini The Master Mystery, 1920

    Price Realised  


    Harry Houdini The Master Mystery, 1920
    A French cinema poster for 8 Episode -- Un Plan Diabolique from the First National film serial The Master Mystery, 1920 -- 160x140in. (63x47cm.)
    Art by Tamacno

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    This rare cinema poster is from the serial The Master Mystery starring Harry Houdini. The serial comprised 15 chapters, the beginning of each featuring one of Houdini's famous escapes. The poster features one of the earliest depictions of a robot (referred to in the film as 'The Automation') seen on a film poster. It even predates the most famous of all early cinematic robots, Maria, from Fritz Lang's Metropolis, by seven years.

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