The Hollywood legend Audrey Hepburn is still a style inspiration to many young generations. Her impeccable style and incredible talent have a major influence on the world. While the beautiful blonde Grace Kelly was a synonym for elegance, Jackie Kennedy was the one who impeccably mixed the European chic and the American effortless style, Audrey’s fashion sense was always a representation of simplicity with a gamine charm.
Almost 25 years after her death, the fashion scene still can’t get enough of Audrey’s unique fashion expression. In order to give a piece of her signature style to the world, her two sons agreed to offer some of Audrey’s personal belongings on sale. This autumn the renowned British auction house Christie’s will host the auction for Audrey’s clothing pieces as well as other items associated with the star. The auction will take place at Christie’s King Street headquarters in London on September 27. In addition to the auction, there will be an online sale that will enable people from all over the world to bid for Audrey’s pieces from September 19 to October 3.
“We are thrilled to have been entrusted with the sale of items from Audrey Hepburn’s personal collection. Her name is one that instantly resonates, and her appeal and relevance remain as strong today as they ever were,” says Adrian Hume-Sayer, the Director of Private Collections at Christie’s. “The sales will offer fans and collectors alike the opportunity to acquire unique personal objects which have never before been seen on the market, and which will undoubtedly offer new insights into the remarkable life of a remarkable woman.”
Among the pieces that will be available at the auction is a pristine belted trench coat by Burberry from the 1980s that is expected to be sold for $7,595 to $10,000 and a collection of her signature ballet flats estimated at $1,900.
The bidding for the soft turquoise silk Givenchy dress that Audrey wore in the 1967 film “Two For The Road” will start between $12,000 to $19,000.
Audrey’s personal script from the cult “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” will also be available for sale together with the script from “Charade”. The bidding is expected to start at $76,000 and $19,000 respectively. Each script is marked with notes in turquoise ink by Audrey. During her rich career, she won Grammy, Tony, Emmy, and Academy Awards.
Another of Audrey’s personal items that will be on auction is the gold lighter engraved “For My Fair Lady, Gene Allen, December 1963,” that is a special gift from the art director of 1964 film of the same name.
A pocket mirror with the monogram “AHF” will also be available for sale at the auction. The price of the mirror is expected to exceed $2,500.
Besides pieces from her fashion collection, the auction will include some of Hepburn’s photographs from her personal archive. The photographs will include Beaton’s wardrobe photos from the film “My Fair Lady,” personal portraits by Bud Fraker and personally dedicated prints by Steven Meisel for Vanity Fair.
Audrey Hepburn’s son Sean Ferrer, who agreed to the auction, is also planning to release a book about his mother’s style next year.
“People have always talked about her grace, [and wondered], What was the secret of her elegance? What was her system? What was her style? I think it’s safe to say that probably close to 50 percent of her base today is tweens and teens, which is quite extraordinary,” Ferrer tells the US Vogue.
This is not the first time for Christie’s to sell Audrey’s personal belongings. In December 2006 the auction house sold the black satin dress by Givenchy that Audrey wore in the 1961 film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” for an unbelievable $577,638. The starting price for the dress was $63,310. At that time Christie’s set a new world record for a dress that was worn in a movie. The fashion house Givenchy gave the dress to the French author Dominique Lapierre and his wife that carries the same name to raise money for their charity City of Joy Aid that helps underprivileged people in India.