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A Prop Book Titled 'Handbook for the Recently Deceased' from "Beetlejuice."...

2012 March 30 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction- Dallas #7053

 
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Auction Ended On: Mar 30, 2012
Item Activity: 9 Internet/mail/phone bidders Number of Bidders
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Location: Heritage Auctions
3500 Maple Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219

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A Prop Book Titled 'Handbook for the Recently Deceased' from "Beetlejuice." Warner Bros., 1998. An old psychology textbook with the front cover and spine repainted with an image of a couple under text reading "Handbook / for the / Recently Deceased," the title page also noting the same, the copyright page noting in part"First Printing 1620" and "Last Printing 1938," rest of interior pages are those of the actual textbook; seen in a number of sequences including when Alec Baldwin [as "Adam Maitland"] and Geena Davis [as "Barbara Maitland"] first realize they're dead, when Winona Ryder [as "Lydia Deetz"] finds out their secret, and when other dead characters are seen trapped in the eternal waiting room.
9" x 6"

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This piece was consigned directly by J.C. Bennett, a young production assistant who worked on the film back in 1987-1988. J.C. remembers there were a few identical handbooks like this that the Prop Department made as more than one was used during filming. Though many replicas of this 'Handbook for the Recently Deceased' have been offered over the years on eBay and elsewhere, this one is an actual screen-used prop from the Tim Burton classic. A letter from Bennett outlining this prop's provenance is included.

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