Grab some Hol­ly­wood his­tory in Au­drey Hep­burn auc­tion

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Au­drey Hep­burn mem­o­ra­bilia has un­til now been re­stricted to au­to­graphed pho­to­graphs and posters, with the odd knick-knack from the sets of her films mak­ing its way to eBay and other auc­tion sites.

Now, though, Christie’s is of­fer­ing fans and col­lec­tors of Hol­ly­wood mem­o­ra­bilia a rare op­por­tu­nity to buy some of the ac­tress’s per­sonal be­long­ings at live and on­line auc­tions in Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber.

The Bri­tish ac­tress is hailed as a film and fash­ion icon, thanks to her mem­o­rable movie roles, charm­ing char­ac­ters and en­dear­ing per­for­mances.

Since her death in 1993, at the age of 63, her clothes and shoes, ex­clu­sive por­traits from her pri­vate ar­chive and the let­ters she wrote and re­ceived were all un­der the Hep­burn fam­ily’s own­er­ship. Her sons, Luca Dotti and Sean Hep­burn Fer­rer, say they are re­leas­ing a se­lec­tion of these items to “share them with her ever-grow­ing base of ad­mir­ers and those who have en­joyed her films, her sense of style and fol­lowed her hu­man­i­tar­ian legacy”.

Start­ing-bid prices be­gin from just £100 (Dh466) and go up to £80,000 (Dh372,693), depend­ing on the con­di­tion of the item and the movie mem­ory with which it is con­nected.

For in­stance, an an­no­tated copy of Hep­burn’s script for Break­fast at Tif­fany’s, com­plete with scrib­bles she made in the mar­gins and words she un­der­lined and crossed out in turquoise ink, is es­ti­mated to sell for be­tween £60,000 and £80,000, while her script for Cha­rade is ex­pected to fetch be­tween £15,000 and £25,000.

Also up for auc­tion are key fash­ion pieces that be­came part of Hep­burn’s sig­na­ture look, in­clud­ing a blue satin Givenchy dress (es­ti­mate: £10,000 to £15,000).

Its de­signer, Hu­bert de Givenchy, also cre­ated the cos­tumes for Sab­rina, which gave Hep­burn her sec­ond star­ring role, as well as Love in the Af­ter­noon, Funny Face, Break­fast at Tif­fany’s, Paris When It Siz­zles and How to Steal a Mil­lion. The two were known to be friends off-screen, and Hep­burn wore the blue cock­tail dress for a pro­mo­tional event for Two for the Road.

Other items from her per­sonal wardrobe in­clude lude a Burberry trench coat (es­ti­mate: mate: £6,000 to £8,000) and a rain­bow­coloured se­lec­tion of bal­lett pumps (es­ti­mate: : from £ 1,500 perr pair). When Hep­burn n was at the peak of her screen ca­reer,er, be­tween 1953 and nd 1968, she had poror­traits shot by some me of the best pho­tog­ra­phers of the time, and kept some of the im­ages for her per­sonal ar­chive. Christie’s now has ac­cess to some of the pic­tures taken by Cecil Beaton, Steven Meisel and Bud Fraker, which will also be avail­able at the auc­tion.

Other items up for grabs in­clude: let­ters and hand­writ­ten doc­u­ments; a Ciardetti Firenze pow­der com­pact with the let­ters “AHF”, for Au­drey Hep­burn Fer­rer, mono­grammed in blue, green and red enamel; and a gold lighter with reeded dec­o­ra­tion, in­scribed with “For My Fair Lady” on the top and “Gene Allen De­cem­ber 1963” on the base (art di­rec­tor Allen won an Os­car in 1965 for his work on My Fair Lady). “Her name is one that in­stantly res­onates; her ap­peal and rel­e­van evance re­main as stron strong today as they eve ever were,” says Adr Adrian Hume-Sayer, the di­rec­tor of priv pri­vate col­lec­tions at C Christie’s. “The sa sales will of­fer fa fans and col­lecto tors alike the o op­por­tu­nity to a ac­quire unique, p per­sonal ob­jects n never be­fore seen on the mar­ket, and which will un­doubt­edly of­fer new in­sights into the re­mark­able life of a re­mark­able woman.”

The live auc­tion is at Christie’s King Street head­quar­ters in Lon­don on Septem­ber 27. The on­line auc­tion will run from Septem­ber 19 to Oc­to­ber 3

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A Burberry trench coat from Hep­burn’s per­sonal wardrobe.

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Hep­burn’s blue satin Givenchy cock­tail dress.

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Left, a por­trait of Au­drey Hep­burn by Bud Fraker. Above, her an­no­tated copy of the script of Break­fast at Tif­fany’s. Be­low, the Ciardetti Firenze pow­der com­pact with the let­ters AHF on it.

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