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Audrey Hepburn auction


Nothing says glamour quite like a piece of clothing designed by the likes of Hubert de Givenchy and Valentino – and then worn by style icon Audrey Hepburn.

And now that timeless glamour is up for sale to the highest bidder, with some of the actress’ most famous dresses being auctioned next week in London and 50 per cent of the proceeds going to The Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund and Unicef.

There are more than thirty of pieces for sale, dating from the early 50s to the late 60s, including clothing, accessories and personal letters written by Hepburn during the period. Also included in the sale is a wedding dress she never wore, made for her marriage to James Hanson - which Hepburn called off weeks before it was set to take place.

After she had called off the wedding, Hepburn asked that the dress be given away “to the most beautiful, poor Italian girl you can find – someone who couldn’t ever afford a dress like mine” and the recipient – Amabile Altobella – wore it and kept it in her family until it was tracked down by the family of the dress’ creators, the Fontanas, in 2002.

Auction experts predict the sale could raise in excess of £100,000, because authenticated Hepburn pieces are rarely available on the open market. The pieces are currently part of a touring exhibition in Sotheby’s New York and Paris and will be exhibited at La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade on Pall Mall, London on December 6 before being sold on December 7 and 8 at the same venue.

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