Discover our most-wanted selection from the Christie’s auction of Audrey Hepburn’s private collection, including clothes from Givenchy and Valentino, her iconic ballet pumps and jewellery.
A colourless paste tiara composed of a continuous series of graduated navette and circular shaped paste, to close-back settings on a sprung frame; worn by Audrey Hepburn to the London premiere of The Nun’s Story, July 1959 and as Joanna Wallace in the 1967 20th Century Fox production Two For The Road 11 ¼ in. (29 cm.) inner circumference £7,000 – £10,000
Three pairs of leather ballet pumps, circa 1960 One pair in burgundy trimmed with red ribbon; one in daffodil yellow with yellow ribbon and one pair in emerald green trimmed with Petersham ribbon. By family tradition, these shoes were acquired from Capezio. Audrey Hepburn’s son Sean remembers ‘bundles of these shoes arriving, folded flat, fastened by a rubber band’ and he suggests Hepburn may well have bought them en masse from Capezio, when her favourite model was discontinued. £6,000 – £9,000
Christie’s flagship live and online auctions of items from Audrey Hepburn’s personal collection are a celebration of the life and career of one of the most famous screen actresses of the 20th century, as showcased by the objects she collected, used and loved. A total of almost 500 lots will be offered this month across two auctions, providing a remarkable opportunity to explore Audrey Hepburn’s personal world, both on and off screen.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 1961 Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly on the set of the 1961 Paramount production Breakfast At Tiffany’s three gelatin silver production stills £1,000 – £1,500
Givenchy Couture black satin cocktail gown, 1968 Trimmed at the neck and hem with a ruff of black feathers, with floating cut feather highlights, with canvas tag inscribed GIVENCHY 7 £15,000 – £25,000
SLEEP SHADE CO. sleep mask, circa 1960 The blue satin shade applied with pink and blue lace-trimmed flowers, marked SLEEP SHADE CO., 282 MISSION ST, SAN FRANCISCO, CAL £100 – £150
Cartier lipstick holder, circa 1950 Of reeded cylindrical form, the lid cushion shaped cabochon sapphire thumbpiece opening to reveal the lipstick, the base with engraved initialsA.F., French mark, Signed Cartier Paris and numbered indistinctly O1427 £2,000 – £3,000
Faux pearl necklace, 20th century With blue paste clasp composed of four strands £2,000 – £3,000
“We are thrilled to have been entrusted with the sale of items from Audrey Hepburn’s personal collection,” says Adrian Hume-Sayer, director of private collections at Christie’s. “Her name is one that instantly resonates; her appeal and relevance remain as strong today as they ever were. 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.”
Audrey Hepburn is rightly regarded as both one of the greatest screen actresses of all time and a style icon. 24 years after her death, her legacy still resonates with contemporary audiences and she remains a hugely popular figure. With estimates for pieces starting at just £100 and ranging up to £80,000, the auction will offer collectors and devoted fans from around the world an unprecedented opportunity to acquire personal items treasured by one of the most famous and well-loved women of the 20th century.
Originally published on Global Blue