EXHIBITION, FLAGSHIP LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTIONS SEPTEMBER 2017
Christie’s will present the sale of the personal collection of Audrey Hepburn, the globally renowned and celebrated film and stage actress, fashion legend and humanitarian in London this September. The collection of one of the most famous and beloved stars in the history of film and fashion will be showcased in a flagship auction at Christie’s King Street headquarters in London on 27 September, alongside an online sale which will be open for bidding from 19 September until 3 October. The collection is an extraordinary archive chronicling the life and career of arguably the most famous screen actress of the 20th Century through the lens of the objects she collected, used and loved. This is the very first time these remarkable, personal items, which have remained in the ownership of Audrey Hepburn’s family, have been offered for sale. The collection will be on view to the public in an exhibition at Christie’s King Street, London from 23 September.
The auctions will feature Audrey Hepburn’s extensive personal wardrobe and her own annotated working copies of film scripts from her best loved films including Breakfast at Tiffany’s and portraits from her personal archive of original professional portraits by major photographers–the majority of which date from between 1953 and 1968 when she was at the height of her screen career–and her own collection of memorabilia and letters which offer an intimate snapshot of her extraordinary life and career.
With estimates starting at just approx. AED 467 and ranging up to approx. AED 374,288 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.
“We are thrilled to have been entrusted with the sale of items from Audrey Hepburn’s personal collection”, said Adrian Hume-Sayer, Director, 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 seen on the market and which will undoubtedly offer new insights into the remarkable life of a remarkable woman. We hope the sales will pay tribute to the timeless style of this legendary actress and continue the long tradition of Christie’s leading the private and iconic collection sales market.”
Luca Dotti and Sean Hepburn Ferrer commented: “On January 20th, 1993 we lost our mother and best friend and the world lost an enduring symbol of grace, elegance and humanity. We preserved our feelings for her as well as all of her belongings which each signified her life’s choices and philosophy. After 25 years we have focused on those items we wished to keep as well as 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. 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.”