auction, Events

more on the Breakfast at Tiffany’s dress, plus Sabrina

Comments Off on more on the Breakfast at Tiffany’s dress, plus Sabrina 06 December 2006

Now that the immediate rush from the Christie’s auction is over, news stories are focusing more on the details. For example, this story from The Guardian tells us that there were two warring bidders in the auction room. When the bidding hit £360,000, then the mysterious telephone bidder entered and eventually won at £467,200. When the winner was announced, the room burst into wild applause. Wouldn’t it have been so exciting to have been there?

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more about the Audrey Hepburn items auctioned today

Comments Off on more about the Audrey Hepburn items auctioned today 06 December 2006

Christie’s was very good about posting the final bids on all of the items sold today in the film and entertainment auction, so I was able to make this for your enjoyment. It’s a special page with the lot pictures of all 31 Audrey-related items, a short description of each item, its estimated selling price and the price it actually fetched. It’s all in British pounds, because I’m not spectacular at math and I’d rather just get this up there than sit around with a calculator all night. A temporary link will also be put up on the index page of the site.

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auction, charity, Events, Givenchy

Audrey Hepburn’s iconic "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" dress sold

Comments Off on Audrey Hepburn’s iconic "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" dress sold 05 December 2006

If you haven’t heard already, the most famous LBD in the world sold this morning in London for $807,000! That’s £410,000, well beyond Christie’s estimate of £50,000 – £70,000. The dress was won by an anonymous telephone bidder. Since there are so many articles about the auction, I’ll just list the best by number and you can click on any and all to read more: 1, 2, 3.

“There are tears in my eyes,” said Dominic Lapierre, who runs the charity. “I am absolutely dumbfounded to believe that a piece of cloth which belonged to such a magical actress will now enable me to buy bricks and cement to put the most destitute children in the world into schools.”

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the buzz before the bidding

Comments Off on the buzz before the bidding 04 December 2006

The dress will be up for auction in a little over 24 hours! If you’re in the London area, then maybe you could swing by Christie’s (85 Old Brompton Road) during their visiting hours and ogle the dress yourself before it’s locked away forever by the lucky owner. And if, like most of us, you’re not able to view it or the auction in person, you can always watch the auction live online, but you must make an account with them to watch. Also, there are rumors that Victoria Beckham, former Posh Spice and very vocal Audrey fan, will be present at the bidding and may try to nab the dress for herself. Erm…

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auction, Events, fashion, Givenchy

Christie’s, the Queen, anorexia, and more dolls (and more)

Comments Off on Christie’s, the Queen, anorexia, and more dolls (and more) 24 November 2006

To make up for not updating too much lately, I scoured the Internet yesterday (before cooking the best dinner ever eaten) and found lots of great stuff to share.

But the first item comes from the wonderful Franklin, who let us know that Christie’s now has the December catalogue up, and it’s auctioning 20 Audrey items! I’d last heard there would be the Breakfast at Tiffany’s dress and two Charade dresses, but nowhere near around 20 different items. There’s actually 21, if you count two photo collections going up that feature portraits of Audrey. Anyway, Christie’s is good enough to have good-sized pictures of each item next to a description (and heart-stopping estimate of the sale in British pounds), so you can see just the Audrey items here. And if you’re too lazy to look, here’s some pictures:

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auction, Events, exhibit, inspiration

more news from audreyhepburn.com

Comments Off on more news from audreyhepburn.com 14 November 2006

I received an email from Ellen Erwin, the Executive Director of the Children’s Fund this morning. Since it’s short, I’ll just copy and paste it for everyone to read:

Just to let you know, the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund website has been recently updated and we are redesigning a brand new flash website for launch next year. Thanks for the mention on your website. Will you let your visitors know that our website is current? Thanks so much and best regards

Isn’t that great? I can’t wait to see how it will change. And maybe they’ll post a full schedule of the exhibit’s tour in Europe . . .

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Apologies, plus Natalie’s reason for wearing the "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" dress

Comments Off on Apologies, plus Natalie’s reason for wearing the "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" dress 27 October 2006

Firstly, I need to apologize. I’d promised pictures yesterday and today, but the building I work in caught fire today while we were in it, so I’m a little tired and smelly and choky from smoke. Tomorrow, I promise! Thank you for being patient.

Second, an article has come up saying that Natalie Portman decided to wear the Breakfast at Tiffany’s alternate dress that will be auctioned soon in the hopes that it would drum up more interest for the dress, therefore earning more bids and raising more money for charity. I have nothing against Natalie and I even sort of like her, but isn’t it a little vain to think that you wearing the dress would interest more people than Audrey Hepburn herself? Maybe I’m just tired and smelly. Anyway, here’s the link to the full article.

auction, Books, Events, picture book

Sean speaks about "Enchantment" and "Treasures"

Comments Off on Sean speaks about "Enchantment" and "Treasures" 17 October 2006

I think this is the first time I’ve heard Sean Ferrer talking about Donald Spoto’s biography Enchanted, and why he chose not to be involved in The Audrey Hepburn Treasures. The article talks briefly about why Spoto decided to toss his hat into the ring, since so many biographies on Audrey already exist, and turns from there to a phone interview with Sean from his Children’s Fund office in Santa Monica. I think this quote is the most telling:

Sean said he had been aware of his mother’s extramarital affairs, so Spoto’s book would be no surprise for him.

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auction, Events, Givenchy

videos about the "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" dress going to auction

Comments Off on videos about the "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" dress going to auction 13 October 2006

I found some videos from various news shows across the U.S. that talk about the upcoming auction of the long black dress from BAT. And might I just add I giant “I KNEW IT!” because this clip states that “according to Givenchy [who donated the dress], this is not the dress worn in the film. There are three dresses; one is in the costume museum in Madrid, and one is in Givenchy’s own personal archives in Paris. This is the only dress that will ever come on the market.” The model wearing the dress in this clip reminds me of Selma Blair, and she’s obviously a wee bit short for the dress. (Note: you have to sit through a short ad before the news clip itself plays, and you can’t skip it or fast forward through it. So don’t worry, I didn’t give you the wrong link.)

The next clip just talks a bit more about the background of the dress (Givenchy shipped the designs out and Edith Head’s people made 3 copies) and shows the model walking out to the picture window to halfway recreate the opening of the film. Maybe it’s just me, but doesn’t the dress seem less special if everyone gets to wear it? Especially since Audrey herself might not have ever put it on. I dunno.

auction, Events, exhibit, Films

Clips from "Secret People," even more about Natalie and the B@T dress

Comments Off on Clips from "Secret People," even more about Natalie and the B@T dress 09 October 2006

Someone uploaded two quick clips of Audrey dancing from one of her early films, The Secret People. It’s a very hard movie to find, but I was lucky to know someone with a copy who lent it to me to watch. It’s a little strange to see Audrey so young and vivacious, but it gives you an idea of her “coltish” behaviour that’s described in Gigi and how she must have bounded onstage “like a gazelle.” Anyway, it’s also really nice to see her ballet dancing captured on film, since she so wanted to be a ballerina. The first clip is of her auditioning for a solo piece at a party, and the second is her dancing later on in the film while her sister secretly watches.

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