Icons From A Legend
Audrey Hepburn’s personal treasures are going on the auction block
Audrey Hepburn’s personal, annotated script of the 1961 classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which turned the American jeweller into an international name. Ballet pumps and a Burberry trench coat, part of the actress’ signature look that inspires fashion even today. A sky-blue satin cocktail dress by her close friend and French couturier Hubert de Givenchy, who designed Hepburn’s wardrobe in Sabrina and the films she made after that.
Such items—all emblematic of the icon’s style and cinematic roles that are etched in the histories of fashion and pop culture—are what collectors and Audrey Hepburn fans will have the chance to acquire at an upcoming Christie’s auction.
In total, some 400 items will be put up for sale for the first time at the flagship event, by her sons Sean Hepburn Ferrer and Luca Dotti. By offering pieces from their personal collection, the pair hope to “share her spirit”, they say. And indeed, this is what makes these treasures so covetable.
In a Vanity Fair report, the Dutch actor Robert Wolders said: “Each object had a specific memory and significance for her. Audrey was a minimalist in her taste.” Wolders was Hepburn’s companion from 1980 till her death in 1993 at age 63.
Other items on sale include photographs by the likes of celebrity lensman Steven Meisel, as well as personal letters that offer glimpses into Hepburn’s life—on set and off. There is also a cigarette lighter with a reeded design engraved with “FOR MY FAIR LADY”, from the film’s production designer, and signed “GENE ALLEN December 1963”.
The collection may be viewed from 23 to 26 September at Christie’s King Street headquarters in London. The auction takes place live on 27 September, and online at christies.com from 19 September till 3 October.
By Gemma Koh
STEVEN MEISEL (b. 1954)
Audrey Hepburn, Vanity Fair, 1991
gelatin silver print
dedicated ‘To Audrey Love Steven’ in pencil (verso)
13 x 10 ¼ in. (33 x 26 cm.)