The first part of William H. McIlhany’s collection of magical gimmicks and artifacts was auctioned off back in September, and it turns out we haven’t seen the last of it yet. Part two will be auctioned off on November 12 beginning at 10am PST. Here’s a description of the collection via Magicauctioneer:
Bill McIlhany (1951-2017) was the consummate collector of all things magical and was considered one of the most knowledgeable magic collectors in the world. His mind-boggling collection ranged from rare pieces of early 19th and 20th Century masters to spectacular quality modern day apparatus and everything in between. His fine collection, which includes apparatus, automatons, books, periodicals, catalogs and so much more will be offered at auction.
Items from the collection include an original David P. Abbot Talking Teakettle, an extremely rare clockwork talking skull made in the 1930s, and a one-of-a-kind, custom-built Hofzinser 52 Card Rise contraption.
Visit Magicauctioneer for more information on how to bid and to download a full-color pdf containing descriptions of the entire collection up for auction. To place online bids, visit the collection’s page on Liveauctioneers. Telephone and absentee bids are also available.