An auction of her belongings pulled in £4.6 million
Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde
Some of Audrey Hepburn‘s most personal belongings went to auction this week, and the iconic actress and philanthropist’s items sold for a whopping £4.6 million.
At a London auction of Audrey’s private possessions, those in attendance were able to get their hands on pieces of Hollywood history. It was the largest sale of her belongings, and everything from her wardrobe and dressing table, to photographs, were up for auction.
However, one of the most coveted pieces was Audrey’s script for Breakfast at Tiffanys. It sold for just over £630,000 which is more than seven times its estimated value pre-auction. The iconic script included her own annotations and notes.
Other pieces that raked in a significant figure included a Burberry trench coat, and a black Givenchy cocktail gown, which both sold for £68,750. One of her Cartier lipstick holders sold for a eye-watering £56,250, and and a satin sleep-mask – which was expected to sell for around £150 – went for £6,250.
Two more items managed to rake in an incredible amount of money, so if you’re currently counting down the days to payday then look away now. A photograph of Audrey as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, taken in 1963 by famed portrait photographer Cecil Beaton, sold for £93,750. A Tiffany bracelet that Audrey received from director Steven Spielberg, which he had engraved for her, sold for £332,750.
The collection of Audrey’s personal items were put forward by her two sons, Sean Hepburn Ferrer and Luca Dotti, and all lots were said to be in impeccable condition.
Talking of the ever-growing adoration for his legendary mother, Sean said: ‘An extraordinary migration has taken place. Now, 50% of her fanbase are teens and tweens. She has replaced James Dean on that closet drawer in kids’ bedrooms. It’s quite extraordinary.’