Circus Memorabilia Collection  

Circus Memorabilia Collection

Circus Memorabilia
A Circus Memorabilia Collection


1338 West Lake Street

Chicago, Illinois 60607


Thursday, May 4 | 10am CT

Chicago + Online

Exhibition Times

Sunday, April 30, 12pm – 4pm
Monday, May 1, 10am – 5pm
Tuesday, May 2, 10am – 5pm
Wednesday, May 3, 10am – 5pm


Michael McCarthy


While the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus is making its last stop in cities across the country, our Fine Books and Manuscripts auction will be offering an impressive collection of circus memorabilia from a collector in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

Consigned by one of the few remaining friends of the Ringling family, Mr. Richard Bennett, the collection includes over 160 circus posters and broadsides, photographs, circus equipment and ephemera. The collection represents circuses such as the Cole Bros. Circus, Adam and Seils Circus, Tom Mix Circus, and Sells Floto Circus, but the majority of property is from the Ringling Bros, Barnum and Bailey, and Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circuses.

The “Greatest Show on Earth” will close in May 2017 after 146 years of entertaining. The collection will be sold as a session in our May 4 Fine Books & Manuscripts auction.

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