Sunday, February 23, 2014

LeGrand David Auction is now History


Well, it finished. I'm not even sure what to say. Some prices so low it wasn't funny. Some soared. I picked up several things, but missed out on some really special pieces. I thought I'd show you the incredible sculptures that were part of the auction.

Here is an incredible bronze piece of David Bull, created by his father David F. Bull. It shows LeGrand David presenting the Zombie Ball which he was a master of. I believe the dog there is Blackie, who was an ever present feature at the theatre for many years.

All of the bronze sculptures were created by David F. Bull. I should have said the father of LeGrand David, and also of Webster Bull, who was in the show for many years as well.

This piece sold for $1000 I believe, which was below the auction estimates.









Next we have Marco the Magic and the Floating Table. This is one we were trying to win. We did
not, however. This piece sold beyond auction estimates at something like $3500 or more. It's a beautiful piece. We had a game plan to get all the Floating Table related stuff. I won the beautiful backdrop curtain that was used during the presentation of the Floating Table. But lost the Floating Table and Painting. Yet, we won the original Floating Tables. So I'm sad that we didn't get them all, but we did pretty well.










This next piece is massive and I believe it's one of three. There were two others, one is in the
collection of Ray Goulet's Magic Museum and the other one is in the American Museum of Magic. This piece sadly sold well below the estimated auction price. It went for $8000.

It depicts the floating of LeGrand David on the broom in the show by Marco the Magi. It is the moment when David becomes LeGrand David. It's an interesting routine because it has it's origins in Richiardi's original version of the broom suspension. 

This final piece was also created by David F. Bull but it was a trophy, presented to Cesareo by the SAM Parent Assembly #1 in NYC. And this time it does not depict a member of the LGD company but rather the great escape artist and past president of the SAM, Harry Houdini. It's very rare, I think there are only a couple of these. I think it went for $1000.














Here is the curtain/backdrop I won (below). The Peacock Feather Curtain. It's stunning. I remember the first time I saw it, I was awe struck. I am so looking forward to having this as part of my show in the near future.

By the way, just because their show is over, doesn't mean it's the end. I'll be writing more articles about them in the near future. I will continue to carry the LGD torch far into the future. 

2 comments:

  1. Wonderful stuff Dean! We represent at least two working magicians who carry the fire from Marco, the Bamberg lineage, and the Golden Age of Magic. This new generation can have their smartphone and mentalism card tricks- I still love the painted boxes, stage choreography, beautiful artwork and antique magic from the by-gone era. Thanks for helping to keep it alive!

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    1. Indeed! I was always an old school magi, but Marco/Cesareo really brought that to life in me. There is an elegance in apparatus magic that isn't found in the other branches. Sadly, apparatus magic is also the easiest to do poorly. And it's also been badly treated over the years. Cesareo and more specifically Rick Heath brought so much artistic beauty to their pieces. I am constantly inspired by them, even though the show has closed. I am most certainly a Marco disciple and will carry on the tradition as long as I'm alive. It's nice to know I'm not alone.

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