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The Personal Collection of Audrey Hepburn at Christie’s Los Angeles

1 Comment 15 September 2017

Academy Award and Burberry trench coatAs you should all know by now, Audrey’s two sons are auctioning off a large portion of their mother’s items that they had been fighting over for years. From what I’d heard, the contested belongings were sitting in a storage space here in L.A., and thanks to the courts intervening, they have agreed to sell a lot of things. (If you need more detail, there’s always this post.) Christie’s Los Angeles location had a small assortment of items soon going on the block available for the public to view for three days, so off I went yesterday to look. Here’s some photos for you.

First, though, I wanted to share this video Christie’s posted of them cataloging some of Audrey’s things as they processed the lot for auction. It made me very melancholy for some reason, but it’s still beautiful and I wanted to share. Or you can scroll past, whichever you prefer:

On to the items themselves! They were only on display for three short days here, and were in a small room off to the side of the main exhibit room. A group of women there before me may have been disappointed, because I heard them ask the security guard on their way out if there wasn’t more somewhere else. “Most of the auction is online,” he said, inferring that most won’t be here, or shown in Hong Kong, or even shipped to London for the live auction on the 27th.

Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

This was the first thing I saw when I walked in the little room, and thought for a horrified moment, “They’re selling her Oscar?!?” Thankfully, the accompanying card told us no, they were not. This was Audrey’s honorary Oscar, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, given the year she died and accepted by son Sean Ferrer on her behalf. It’s just on loan from the family.





Audrey's personal script for Breakfast at Tiffany's

Of course, one of the biggest draws of the entire auction is going to be this little stack of well-worn papers. This is Audrey’s personal shooting script for Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the one Audrey film that everybody knows. It may even be the highest valued item in the entire collection, estimated to go for between £60,000-90,000 ($81,500-122,333 US).





Black satin top and skirt worn in Charade

And this was a pleasant surprise to walk in and find! I always loved this little black satin separate set, and thanks to Christie’s putting it out in the open, I was able to study it more than I ever could, no matter how many times I watch Charade. (Coincidentally, if you like making recreations of Audrey’s clothes, love studying Givenchy’s clever couture tricks, or just love geeking out over fashion, I took a lot of detailed photos that won’t fit here. Check Flickr for all of the photos.)




Christie’s also had three pairs of the famous rainbow ballet flat collection on display. They’re worn in quite well but still as bright as ever, but sadly the inner soles are re-covered or something like that, as there’s no maker’s markings at all. Either way, they’re still very fun to look at, and a relief to see I’m not the only one with long, narrow feet.


Burberry trench coat

Yes, this is that trench coat. The fabric is clean, immaculate and well cared for, with the only real wear being the leather buckles at the belt and cuffs. It looks as cozy and warm as it ever did to Audrey, so maybe that’s why Burberry continues to do so well?

There’s more pictures, my friends, including a lot of alternate views, close ups, and some smaller items that I just didn’t have room for on here. You can see them all on Flickr if you’d like; it’s 35 pictures in total.

If you can stand it, you should be able to watch the bidding online (to a degree – I haven’t heard of a livestream video happening, but you can still see bidding action through the site). If you can’t, Christie’s also has two different catalogs for sale, which is also much easier if you just want to see her nice things without seeing them go into other people’s hands. One catalog is just about the items being sold at the live auction in London, and has more essays and such written about the items, for $60 US. The other catalog is $25 US and has photos and descriptions of all items, just without the in-depth essays (and is also the one I’ve ordered). All in all, the 27th will be a very interesting day…

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  1. Richard says:

    Hi Megan.
    It’s nice to see you posting again. There must be two of those Charade dresses because they sold one at the Christie’s auction in 2006. That one had the burn from the matches Tex flicked at Regina in the phone booth. I’m pretty sure Sean would sell the Oscar if he was allowed to, but Academy rules make that impossible.

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