Detroit, 1888. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #21-3270
Brick is red clay, 8 x 4 x 2", statement of authenticity 4 x 8.5", the copy of the death certificate is on 8.5 x 11" copy paper, contents legible. On October 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 that 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 intensity of the pain was so great he wired his manager to have a doctor meet him. Houdini performed that night, October 26th 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 1:30pm 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. The statement of authenticity reads in part: "Personally selected this brick from the debris left by the workmen who tore down old Grace Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, in 1979." We cannot guarantee that this brick is from that section of the hospital. A total of three pieces, sold as a lot only.