Personal Collection of Audrey Hepburn, Christie’s King Street, London SW1, 27th September 2017
Part II – Online Auction, 19th September – 3rd October 2017
September is proving quite a month for sales by legendary actresses as following on the heels of the Vivien Leigh sale at Sotheby’s we also have a sale of the possessions of Audrey Hepburn at Christie’s in London. How does the song go ‘anything you can do I can do better’?
Audrey was more than just a beautiful film star and wonderful actress. Due to her association with Givenchy she became almost accidentally a fashion icon and is indeed regarded as one of the most iconic figures of the last century and in her last years became a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. One of the fund raising events she was involved in for UNICEF was a concert at the Barbican by Michael Tilson Thomas entitled From The Diary Of Anne Frank and Audrey was the narrator reading excerpts from the diary. It was extremely moving as Audrey had experienced similar wartime distress and hardship living in Holland like Anne Frank and one could feel that she found the reliving of this time somewhat painful and that the words could indeed have been her own. Afterwards in the green room she confessed that she had been shaking before she went onstage.
How well I remember sitting in the Regal Cinema in Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow in 1961 watching and loving Breakfast At Tiffany’s and now 56 years later it is regarded as one of the most-loved films of all time, even having been shown at the Royal Albert Hall with live orchestral accompaniment.The sale is in two parts with Part 1 being offered at Christie’s London and Part ll in an online-only sale. The auctions feature annotated film scripts, including Breakfast At Tiffany’s, original portraits from photographers such as Cecil Beaton and Philippe Halsman, her personal wardrobe and many costumes from her films including a black Givenchy cocktail dress from Charade although not the Breakfast At Tiffany’s dress which was sold previously.
This is the first time these items, which until now have remained with her family, have been offered for sale and they give us a rare glimpse into the very private world of a remarkable woman.