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Original Brick from Detroit's old Grace Hospital, the hospital in which Harry Houdini died on October 31, 1926. Comes with a statement of authenticity, an early original color postcard of the hospital and a copy of Houdini's death certificate.

Brick is red clay, 8 x 4 x 2, sealed in plastic; the printed statement, 4 x 8.5, indicates that the owner of the brick who signed the statement "personally selected this brick from the debris left by workmen who tore down Old Grace Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, in 1979. . . " Postcard, 3 x 5.5, postally used with staining on reverse, is postmarked 1913 and shows the front of the structure with a horse-drawn ambulance; the copy of the death certificate is on 8.5 x 11 copier paper, contents legible. On Oct. 22, 1926, Harry Houdini was resting in his dressing room in Montreal prior to a performance when a young man approached him and asked if he could punch him. Houdini was well known for saying he could withstand any punch to his abdomen, so this was not an unusual request. He gave his permission but before he could tense his body the young man punched him, resulting in internal injuries for Houdini. In pain, he completed his performance and boarded a train for Detroit on October 24th. The pain was so intense he wired his manager to have a doctor meet him. Houdini performed that night, Oct. 26, and collapsed as soon as the curtain fell. He was rushed to nearby Grace Hospital where it was discovered he had peritonitis. His condition did not improve and he died at 1:30 p.m. in Room 401, Corridor D in the John R wing. Grace Hospital, built in 1888, was located at the corner of John R and Willis. We cannot guarantee that this brick, which still has remnants of mortar and paint, is from that section of the hospital. A total of four pieces, sold as a lot only.

Book Id: 99-2100

Price: $45.00

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