Audrey Hepburn lovers – the whole world, basically – will be astonished, though hardly surprised, to learn that a script for the film Breakfast at Tiffanys has been sold at auction for quite a lot of money...
Not just any script neither, her personal script – complete with notes and underlinings. How much did it go for? A whopping £632,000. It is the most any script has sold for at auction, ever.
Making up one of 200 items on sale at Christies – made available by Audrey's two sons, Luca and Sean – most were in perfect condition having been carefully preserved in Audrey's cupboards in Switzerland.
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Amongst other lots were such collectable pieces as the Givenchy black satin cocktail dress she wore in Charade (the film she starred in alongside Cary Grant) which sold for £68,750; a Tiffany bangle given to her by Steven Spielberg, engraved with the words 'You are my ‘inspiration’' (sold for £332,750); a Cartier lipstick holder (£56,250); a Burberry trenchcoat (£68,750) and a satin sleep mask, which went for a bit more than it's £150-estimate: £6,100 more, to be precise.
In total, the auction raised more than £4million and was one of a few live and online auctions planned, which are set to sell 500 Audrey pieces in total.
Speaking about his mother's enduring appeal, Sean Hepburn Ferrer told The Guardian last week, 'An extraordinary migration has taken place. Now, 50% of her fanbase are teens and tweens. She has replaced James Dean on that closet drawer in kids’ bedrooms. It’s quite extraordinary.
'I can only explain that by saying that children are very instinctive and, in a world of a lot of smoke and mirrors with social media, I think they feel there is something very real about her.'
Audrey, who died tragically from cancer in 1993, aged just 63, was not only a Hollywood icon but a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. She received the highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, from President George H. W. Bush in 1992, in recognition of her work with the charity, and once said of the organisation: 'I can testify to what UNICEF means to children because I was among those who received food and medical relief right after World War II.'
Her humanitarian work, her films, her beauty, her style, her grace, are what set her apart. Perhaps this is why she remains such an inspiration for people of all ages around the world.