Au­drey un­der the ham­mer

Her style was as stun­ning as her looks. Now Au­drey Hepburn’s trea­sures are for sale, as her sons re­veal the touch­ing tales be­hind them

The Mail on Sunday - - Femail - by David Wigg Au­drey Hepburn, The Per­sonal Col­lec­tion:­drey­hep­burn

WI TH her el fin face, hand-span waist and sin­gu­lar sense of style, Au­drey Hepburn was as much a fashion icon as she was a film star, feted for stand­out roles in Ro­man Hol­i­day, Sab­rina and My Fair Lady. She might have been best-known for the lit­tle black dress and cat’s-eyes sun­glasses she wore as Holly Go­lightly in her most fa­mous film, Break­fast At Tif­fany’s, but her off-screen wardrobe was also the stuff of sar­to­rial le­gend. Givenchy couture, an­kle-graz­ing cig­a­rette pants and stripy Bre­ton tops, bal­let flats which ref­er­enced her early am­bi­tion to be a dancer, and clas­sic trench coats all de­fined the Hepburn look.

Now her two sons, Sean Fer­rer by her first mar­riage and Luca Dotti by her sec­ond, are sell­ing their col­lec­tion of her clothes, as well as some unique movie mem­o­ra­bilia, in an auc­tion caus­ing global ex­cite­ment.

The sale in Lon­don this week will give fans a glimpse of the woman be­hind the im­age, and al­low style-hun­ters to snap up some of her iconic pieces.

Her sons said: ‘It is with great joy that we wish to share her spirit through this sale with all who’ve en­joyed her films, her sense of style, and her hu­man­i­tar­ian legacy. What we will re­mem­ber is her sweet­ness.’

The daugh­ter of a Bri­tish busi­ness­man and a Dutch baroness, Hepburn en­dured the hor­rors of the Nazi oc­cu­pa­tion of the Nether­lands – her fabled 20in waist was the re­sult of wartime mal­nu­tri­tion. The trauma made her bru­tal about dis­card­ing things that did not mat­ter to her while care­fully cu­rat­ing clothes and keep­sakes that did.

Here are just some of them, re­minders of a bril­liant ac­tress and hu­man­i­tar­ian, who died in 1993, aged 63. The price tags show auc­tion cat­a­logue es­ti­mates of their value.

JUST MUM: Au­drey with son Sean in the 1960s

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