• The Ismail Merchant Collection auction at Christies

    Sale 5980

    The Ismail Merchant Collection

    7 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 107

    'HOWARDS END' (1992)
    A STAINED BEECH OPEN BOOKCASE

    CIRCA 1992

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    'HOWARDS END' (1992)
    A STAINED BEECH OPEN BOOKCASE
    CIRCA 1992
    With six shelves on a plinth base
    80 in. (203 cm.) high; 37½ in. (95 cm.) wide; 10½ in. (27 cm.) deep


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    This bookcase is the one that falls on and kills the unfortunate Leonard Bast, a lover of books played by Samuel West in 'Howards End' (1992). It was necessary for the propman to construct a heavy-looking, yet lightweight, bookcase so as not to injure the actor. However, the combined weight of books and bookcase turned out to be too great, so the bookcase was secured by wires operated by special effects men as it tumbled over in slow motion, burying but sparing West.

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    Provenance

    Made for the Merchant Ivory Production 'Howards End' (1992).