An Italian bronze bell, c. 15th-16th century.
240 x 190mm, with crack measuring 115mm; with leather strap.
A cracked bronze bell from Marianne & Leonard's home in Hydra. Cohen famously writes in his song “Anthem,” “Ring the bells that still can ring / Forget your perfect offering / There is a crack, a crack in everything / That’s how the light gets in.” This bell originally decorated a staircase in Marianne’s Hydra home before accompanying her to Leonard’s, where it sat in various places (including on his desk for many years) and provided inspiration for one of his great lyrics.
Please note this lot is the property of a private individual.
By descent from Marianne Ihlen.
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