Audrey Hepburn's personal belongings go up for auction
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Various personal items including a selection of ballet pumps, a Burberry coat and Hepburn's original, annotated script from Breakfast at Tiffany's are to go on sale at Christie's this month. The auction has been endorsed by Hepburn's sons, Luca and Sean, who have provided their mum's personal items in the hopes that it will allow their mother's "ever-growing base of admirers... to share her spirit." Also among the items for sale will be a letter addressed to Hepburn from the author of Breakfast at Tiffany's, Truman Capote, and a cigarette lighter engraved, "For My Fair Lady" - which she received from the art director of 1964, critically acclaimed My Fair Lady which saw Hepburn play the lead role. An exhibition of the collection is set to take place prior to the auction at Christie's London HQ and will be closely followed by the sale of the items on 27th September. In addition to the auction, there will be an online sale that will be open for bidding between 19th September – 3rd October for anyone who can’t make it to the main event in London. However, whoever is lucky enough to purchase any of Hepburn's possessions at the auction will need to get saving, as even a single pair of ballet pumps has been predicted to set you back over £1000! The annotated script has also been predicted to sell for anywhere between £60,000-£90,000! More than 24 years on from her death, Hepburn is still very much an icon- making it obvious why Christie's have snapped up this opportunity. However, Hepburn isn't just iconic because of her prevalence in the fashion and film industries- in her later years, Audrey Hepburn devoted much of her time to working with UNICEF and in December 1992, she was awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom in recognition of her work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. The collection will be on view to the public in an exhibition at Christie’s King Street, London, from 23 September. View the full
catalogue for the auction here.
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