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.” Continue reading “Audrey Hepburn’s iconic "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" dress sold”
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… Continue reading “the buzz before the bidding”
Not a whole lot going on today (maybe everyone’s still shopping?), but I did find a nice article on Givenchy. It talks about his early days and his personal influences, and how he’s personally helped to keep Balenciaga alive. To read more, click here. I must say, he looks very good for 79. You can still see the same young man Audrey first met!
Next up is a tiny article about the upcoming dress auction, but it has a nice quote from Givenchy about his reasons for giving it up. You can click here, or just read the quote below: Continue reading “Givenchy and the Bird Girl”
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:
Continue reading “Christie’s, the Queen, anorexia, and more dolls (and more)”
There’s a short article talking about Audrey’s newfound popularity, especially with the recent Gap ads and the new Treasures book. It’s very short (I’ve told you pretty much all that’s in it already), but you can see the full article here.
Next up, thanks to the Audrey Hepburn Circle, I’ve found that the Gardens of the World miniseries now has their own website up! It’s a very Audrey-centric site, and goes more into detail on what’s in the new special edition DVD set, but the best part is Audrey’s full written introduction to the original series and an interview with her about the series. All in all it’s a nice site and definitely worth sharing, so click here to visit for yourself. Continue reading “"Still our Fair Lady," plus "Gardens of the World"”
So I just got an email from the Children’s Fund (don’t get huffy, I’m on the mailing list just like a million other people are), and they’re finally offering The Audrey Hepburn Treasures for sale on their website like they did when Sean’s Elegant Spirit came out. But unlike Elegant, Treasures is not signed, so please make note of that. It’s also selling at full price ($49.95 US), so I personally think you’re better off at Amazon. And don’t worry about hurting the Children’s Fund, since they published the book anyway and will get the writer’s cut.
Continue reading “audreyhepburn.com finally updates!”
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.
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.
Continue reading “Sean speaks about "Enchantment" and "Treasures"”
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.
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. Continue reading “Clips from "Secret People," even more about Natalie and the B@T dress”