If you have a few extra thousand dollars lying around and an Audrey Hepburn-sized hole in your celebrity memorabilia collection, you’ll want to get your paddle ready, because some of the beloved actor’s personal belongings are hitting the auction block this fall.
This September, Christie’s of London is offering up an extensive collection of items owned by the actor, humanitarian and fashion icon, including clothing, memorabilia, and portrait that she “she collected, used and loved.”
Some of the items available include her annotated copy of the Breakfast at Tiffany’s script, several pairs of her signature ballet flats, a Burberry trench coat, a Givenchy cocktail dress, an engraved cigarette lighter commemorating the film My Fair Lady which Hepburn received from the film’s art director, and a selection of personal letters, including one from Truman Capote (who wrote the novel Breakfast at Tiffany’s).
Hepburn’s sons, Luca Dotti and Sean Hepburn Ferrer, made this statement through Christie’s:
We lost our mother and best friend, and the world lost an enduring symbol of grace, elegance and humanity. We preserved our feelings for her as well as her belongings, each of which signified her life’s choices and philosophy. After 24 years we have focused on those items that we wished to keep, as well as those we are pleased to pass on to future generations.
In an effort to include all those who have felt affection towards her, we have selected a collection of items to share with her ever-growing base of admirers. It is with great joy that we seek to share her spirit, through this sale, and its related previews, with all of those who have enjoyed her films and her sense of style, and who have followed her humanitarian legacy.
The auction will happen in two parts: the live segment in London on September 27, with the ability to preview the items from September 23 through 26; and the online portion, which will be open from September 19 through October 3. Estimates range from £100 to £80,000. More details are on Christie’s website.