- Christie’s Audrey Hepburn Auction: The Personal Collection Part I, brings £4,635,500 ($6,211,600).
- Hepburn’s annotated working script for Breakfast at Tiffany’s brought £632,750 ($847,900), a world record for a script at auction.
- A Breakfast at Tiffany’s press print of Hepburn and George Peppard, signed by both, brought £81,250 ($108,875).
- Hepburns annotated working script for My Fair Lady brought £206,250 ($276,375).
- Engraved gold bracelet given to Hepburn by Stephen Spielberg brought £332,750 ($445,900).
Audrey Hepburn’s personally annotated working script for Breakfast at Tiffany’s broke the world record for a movie script at auction on Wednesday when it sold for $632,750 ($847,900) at Christie’s Audrey Hepburn: The Personal Collection Auction, Part I.
The 256 lot auction, the live part of a two part sale of Hepburn’s scripts, photos, correspondence, wardrobe and personal effects, sold for a total of £4,635,500 ($6,211,600) on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Part II, an exclusively online auction, opened Sept. 19 and ends on Oct. 4.
20 pages of the Breakfast at Tiffany’s script were annotated in Hepburn’s beautiful hand, and parts for the character of Holly Golightly on the printed script were marked in Hepburn’s signature turquoise ink, with words underlined in blue ballpoint pen and pencil for emphasis, passages or directions crossed out.
There were a total of 14 of Hepburn’s full working scripts in the auction, ranging from £6,000 ($8,040) for 1967’s Two for the Road to £206,250 ($276,375) for My Fair Lady, plus the record-breaking Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The other scripts sold for well in the 5-figures.
A wonderful Breakfast at Tiffany’s press print of Hepburn and George Peppard, signed by both, sold for £81,250 ($108,875). The 9¼ x 7½ inch gelatin silver press print is stamped with Movie Star News credit on the back.
A Tiffany & Co. gold bangle bracelet given by Stephen Spielberg to Hepburn brought £332,750 ($445,900). Engraved Audrey on the exterior and You are my “ inspiration” Always, Steven on the interior, it brought the second highest price in the sale.
A July 1960 handwritten and signed letter from Truman Capote, the author of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, to Hepburn went for £18,750 ($25,175). Addressed Dearest Audrey, In the two-page letter he says how happy he is that Hepburn is playing the role of Holly Golightly:
I have no opinion of the film script, never having had an opportunity to read it. But since Audrey and Holly are both such wonderful girls, I feel nothing can defeat either of them….
A painting by Hepburn brought the third-highest price in the auction, £224,750 ($301,200). Painted in 1969 and entitled My Garden Flowers, the painting is oil on canvas and measures 14 x 10½ inches. The painting is apparently unsigned, with no signature visible on the front and no mention of one on the back.
A 13 7/8 x 11 inch gelatin silver print photograph by Cecil Beaton of Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle from My Fair Lady brought £93,750 ($125,600).
Many pieces of Hepburn’s jewelry, costumes, and personal and production wardrobe were in the sale, and most brought very strong prices. View the entire sale, with prices realized.