28 September 2017
One of Audrey Hepburn's personal belongings just broke world auction records.
Christie's has announced the total sales from part one of The Personal Collection of Audrey Hepburn auction and it's safe to say the Hollywood star's appeal is still prevalent today.
After 12,000 visitors viewed the pre-sale exhibition in London, the 10 hour live auction realised £4,635,500 - a total figure that is over seven times the original estimate. Registered buyers from 46 countries across six continents placed their bids on Wednesday for 246 lots, which included Hepburn's clothing, accessories and film memorabilia.
Part two of the sale, which will take place online, comprises a further 227 lots and will remain open for bids until 3pm GMT on 3 and 4 October.
Adrian Hume-Sayer, Head of Sale and Director of Private Collections at Christie's, said the substantial sales figures seen so far are a testament to Hepburn's allure. "We have been utterly delighted with the overwhelming response to the personal collection of Audrey Hepburn," he said. "She is one of the greatest icons in the history of film and the incredible result so far, for Part I of the collection, is a testament to her enduring appeal."
The top lot was Audrey Hepburn's working script for her 1961 hit, Breakfast at Tiffany's. The screenplay, which includes deleted scenes, was estimated to reach £60-90,000 but sold for a record breaking £632,750. Hepburn's working script for the My Fair Lady reached £206,250.
As to be expected from one of the world's most admired style icons, some of the most sought-after pieces were from Hepburn's wardrobe. Her three-quarter length Burberry trench coat realised a price of £68,750, more than 10 times its estimate. The two-piece Givenchy cocktail gown made for her 1963 film Charade sold for the same amount.
An engraved Tiffany & Co bangle, which was gifted to the actress by Steven Spielberg was the second highest seller at £332,750 and Hepburn's 1969 painting 'My Garden Flowers' was the third highest, reaching an impressive £224,750.
By Katie Jones For Harper's Bazaar
Published: 28 September 2017