Good news for devoted Audrey Hepburn fans – a collection of the beloved star’s clothes and personal items will go up for sale for the first time later this year.
Christie’s has confirmed that a flagship auction, featuring pieces from Hepburn’s extensive personal wardrobe, will take place in London this September, 24 years after her death.
Items in the sale, which have remained in the ownership of Hepburn’s family, are estimated to start at £100 and reach up £80,000. Key fashion pieces include a Burberry trench coat, with an estimated price tag of £6,000-8,000, a selection of her ballet pumps and a blue satin cocktail dress by Hubert de Givenchy, one of Hepburn’s favourite designers.
Hepburn’s personal archive of photographs will also be sold alongside film memorabilia. Hepburn was known to use turquoise ink to make notes about her characters and an annotated script from Breakfast at Tiffany’s is predicted to fetch £60,000-80,000.
For her family, the sale provides an opportunity to “pass on to future generations”.
“In an effort to include all who partake in these feelings for her, we have selected a collection of items to share with her ever-growing base of admirers,” Hepburn’s sons Luca Dotti and Sean Hepburn Ferrer commented. “We are honored to entrust Christie’s with this sale and it is with great joy that we wish to share her spirit, through this sale, and its related previews, with all who have enjoyed her films, her sense of style and followed her humanitarian legacy.”
As one of the world’s most admired fashion icons, it’s likely the one-of-a-kind sale will create quite a buzz at the auction house. In December 2006, a black satin evening gown designed by Givenchy for Hepburn’s most famous character, Holly Golightly, was sold by Christie’s for £456,200. The dress was expected to reach no more than £70,000.
The auction will take place at Christie’s King Street headquarters on 27 September, alongside an online sale which will be open for bidding from 19 September until 3 October. The collection will be on view to the public in an exhibition at Christie’s from 23 September.