Audrey Hepburn's clothes to go under the hammer
Form an orderly queue ladies, because this is one of those rare moments when you could own a piece of fashion history. Her Breakfast at Tiffany's gown may have fetched a whopping £410,000 at auction three years ago, and now more iconic pieces from Audrey Hepburn's amazing wardrobe are about to go under the hammer.
Important items including the black Givenchy cloqué silk dress that Audrey wore in the 1962 film, Paris When It Sizzles (£10-15,000) and Chantilly lace cocktail gown which she wore in the How to Steal a Million in 1966 (£15-20,000) will be auctioned off.
Also included in the collection is the ivory satin bridal gown designed by Fontana Sisters for Audrey for her planned marriage to James (later Lord) Hanson. The actress commissioned the dress during the filming of Roman Holiday in 1952. A few weeks later she called off the nuptials, asking that the dress be donated to "perhaps someone who couldn't ever afford a dress like mine, the most beautiful, poor Italian girl you can find." It was given to a young Italian girl named Amabile Altobella, and will now be sold at auction with a photograph of Audrey wearing the gown. It is estimated to fetch £8000-£12,000.
Fifty per cent of the proceeds will be donated go to The Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund. Highlights from the sale will be show at Sotheby's New York, November 21-22 and at Sotheby's Paris, December 1-2. Visit Kerry Taylor Auctions for more information: http://www.kerrytaylorauctions.com