Feast for fans as Hepburn’s treasures go on sale

A Steven Meisel gelatin silver print photograph signed by Audrey Hepburn
A Steven Meisel gelatin silver print photograph signed by Audrey Hepburn
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She was a screen icon like no other, a luminescent beauty who captivated the designer Hubert de Givenchy and dated the future President Kennedy.

So the announcement yesterday that a final auction of more than 200 of Audrey Hepburn’s personal items had been authorised by her family, had memorabilia collectors scurrying to their catalogues to see what might be included.

Christie’s is staging the online auction next month to coincide with what would have been the 89th birthday of the star of Gigi, and My Fair Lady.

The ballpoint pen, in a fitted Dior case, which she carried in her handbag from the 1970s until her death at 63, is along the lots.

Other highlights include a letter from Gregory Peck and a sheet of gelatin silver contact prints from her final scene as Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, in 1961.

Items from Miss Hepburn’s wardrobe include classically-styled cultured pearl earrings, which could fetch £12,000.

Her son, Luca Dotti, said she “hated the idea of spending a fortune on diamonds and gold”.

“What she really loved were pearls because of their purity, the fact that they were made by nature,” he said.

Other jewellery in the sale includes a Cartier brooch of her favourite animal, a giraffe.

Fans can also bid for her mini Papillon, Louis Vuitton, make-up bag and the leather pumps she used in her pre-film career as a ballet dancer in wartime western Europe.