Part 2 of my article on @potterauctions
upcoming Circus, Sideshow & Oddities auction.... Taxidermy oddities like “Tootsie” the five-legged dog, a Fiji mermaid, and a Siamese twin lamb with eight legs, one head, and two torsos make great additions to any cabinet of curiosities.
Other sideshow items include 19th-century cabinet cards featuring such attractions as Annie Jones, the bearded lady, Tom Thumb, and Chang & Eng, the original Siamese twins. Stacks of Ripley's ephemera is up for grabs. And for fans of the 1932 Tod Browning cult classic, Freaks, there are vintage posters, handbills, and Lot 392: Johnny Eck’s own 16mm reels of the film. Eck, born with no legs in 1911, was among the cast's many sideshow stars. “They were the ones he used to stream the film,” Fajuri notes. "The consigner got them from Johnny. He said he watched the movie in Johnny’s living room with Johnny.” The metal canisters include Eck’s home address and handwritten labels.
On the less freaky side, Buffalo Bill collectors will rejoice at the opportunity to own the first performance program from the famed entertainer’s Wild West show in 1883. “It’s literally from the first show of the first Buffalo Bill performance ever,” Fajuri emphasizes. “That’s American history. I don’t think you can’t hit that too hard on the head in terms of selling its significance.” The program is expected to fetch $5,000 to $7,000. It, and any of the more than seven hundred other historical wonders could be yours. Previews will be held in Potter & Potter’s gallery November 14-15, and online absentee bids are being accepted now. __ Full article at WeirdHistorian.com.
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