Christie’s to sell the personal collection of Audrey Hepburn

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Christie’s will present the sale of the personal collection of Audrey Hepburn, the globally renowned and celebrated film and stage actress, fashion legend and humanitarian in London this September. The collection of one of the most famous and beloved stars in the history of film and fashion will be showcased in a flagship auction at Christie’s King Street headquarters in London on 27 September, alongside an online sale which will be open for bidding from 19 September until 3 October. The collection is an extraordinary archive chronicling the life and career of arguably the most famous screen actress of the 20th Century through the lens of the objects she collected, used and loved. This is the first time these remarkable, personal items, which have remained in the ownership of Audrey Hepburn’s family, have been offered for sale. The collection will be on view to the public in an exhibition at Christie’s King Street, London from 23 September.

Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle 1963

MY FAIR LADY, 1964 CECIL BEATON (1904-1980) Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle, 1963 gelatin silver print stamped ‘please acknowledge Cecil Beaton photograph’ (verso) sheet: 14 x 11 in. (35.5 x 28 cm.). Estimate GBP 1,000 – GBP 1,500 (USD 1,320 – USD 1,980)

The auctions will feature Audrey Hepburn’s extensive personal wardrobe and her own annotated working copies of film scripts from her best loved films including Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The sales will also include portraits from her personal archive of original professional portraits by major photographers, the majority of which date from between 1953 and 1968 when she was at the height of her screen career, and her own collection of memorabilia and letters which offer an intimate snapshot of her extraordinary life and career.

Audrey Hepburn is rightly regarded not only as one of the greatest screen actresses of all time, but as a style icon. 24 years after her death she maintains a resonance and popularity as strong today as it was during her lifetime. With estimates starting at just £100 and ranging up to £80,000 the auction will offer collectors and devoted fans from around the world an unprecedented opportunity to acquire personal items treasured by one of the most famous and well-loved women of the 20th Century.

AUDREY HEPBURN AND HER PERSONAL WARDROBE

The auctions will present a unique opportunity to view and acquire items from the extensive personal wardrobe of the screen star who remains a globally recognised fashion legend. Key pieces that exemplify her signature look include a Burberry trench coat (estimate: £6,000-8,000) and a selection of her ballet pumps in a rainbow of colours, with estimates from £1,500.

Audrey Hepburn was associated with the celebrated couturier Hubert de Givenchy who was first hired at her suggestion to design the actress’s wardrobe for her second Hollywood film, Sabrina. The two became close friends and frequently collaborated, Givenchy went on to design Hepburn’s costumes for Love in the AfternoonFunny FaceBreakfast at Tiffany’sParis When It Sizzles and How to Steal a Million. Hepburn often wore clothes designed by Givenchy in her private life as well as on screen.

charade 1963 a cocktail gown of black satin

CHARADE, 1963
A COCKTAIL GOWN OF BLACK SATIN
GIVENCHY COUTURE
The two piece ensemble comprising a fitted bodice and skirt, each with a hem of semi-tubular black paillettes, set on edge, with multiple canvas tags to the interior, as well as black woven label with canvas tag inscribed 23174, designed for Audrey Hepburn as Regina “Reggie” Lampert in the 1963 Universal production Charade. Estimate GBP 50,000 – GBP 80,000
(USD 66,000 – USD 105,600)

A highlight of the sales is a blue satin Givenchy cocktail dress; worn by Hepburn, this model featured in a photo shoot photographed by William Klein for a fashion editorial promoting Two for the Road in 1966 (estimate: £10,000-15,000). The elegant gown is trimmed with blue satin fringes and epitomises the deceptively simple style for which Hubert de Givenchy and Audrey Hepburn are justly famous.

FILM MEMORABILIA

Audrey Hepburn is one of few actresses to have won Academy, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Awards. The auctions will include Hepburn’s personal annotated working scripts from her best-loved films, including Breakfast at Tiffany’s (estimate: £60,000-80,000) and Charade (estimate: £15,000-25,000). Hepburn often used turquoise ink to make notes and revisions for her portrayal of some of Hollywood’s most memorable characters.

Further highlights include a letter from Truman Capote in which he expresses his pleasure that Hepburn had taken on the now iconic role of Holly Golightly in the screen adaptation of his 1958 novella Breakfast at Tiffany’s (estimate: £4,000-6,000); and a gold lighter engraved ‘For My Fair Lady, Gene Allen, December 1963’, a gift from the Art Director of the 1964 film (estimate: £3,000-5,000).

PHOTOGRAPHY

The auctions also feature Audrey Hepburn’s personal archive of photographs including many official portraits by major photographers, dating to the height of her film career. Highlights include personal portraits by Bud Fraker, who was a stills photographer for Breakfast at Tiffany’s (estimate £500-800)wardrobe photographs for My Fair Lady together with personal portraits by Cecil Beaton, and personally dedicated prints of Hepburn for Vanity Fair by fashion photographer Steven Meisel.

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