Audrey Hepburn’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s script sells for 630,000

Actors personal script for the 1961 film makes seven times its pre-sale estimate at London auction of her possessions

Audrey Hepburns personal shooting script for Breakfast at Tiffanys has been sold for just over 630,000, seven times its pre-sale estimate, at a London auction of the actors private possessions.

The script, which included Hepburns annotations, was one of many lots that smashed exceptions, with the sale generating a total of 4.6m, the auctioneer Christies said on Thursday.

The sale, the largest of her personal possessions, included items from Hepburns wardrobe and dressing table, as well as photographs. A bidder paid 332,750 for a Tiffany bangle that was a gift to Hepburn from the director Steven Spielberg, inscribed with the message: You are my inspiration.

A black satin Givenchy cocktail gown, worn in the 1963 film Charade, and a Burberry trenchcoat each sold for 68,750. The designer Hubert de Givenchy was a close friend of Hepburns and advised her on her wardrobe. He described her as his muse and the pair eventually became business partners.

A colourless tiara, worn by Hepburn to the London premiere of The Nuns Story in 1959 and in the 1967 film Two for the Road fetched 43,750.

A bidder paid 56,250 for a Cartier lipstick holder, almost 19 times the pre-sale estimate, while a satin sleep mask that had been expected to fetch up to 150 sold for 6,250.

Tiara worn by Audrey Hepburn. Photograph: Ken McKay/ITV/Rex/Shutterstock

A 1963 photograph of Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, taken by the celebrated portrait photographer Cecil Beaton, went for 93,750, more than 30 times the estimate.

The items were made available by Hepburns sons, who are selling about 500 items in total through live and online sales at Christies. The online sale continues until 4 October.

Overall, the sale at the auction house fetched seven times the expected amount, Christies said.

Many of the lots were in flawless condition, having been kept by Hepburn in a closet in Switzerland, according to Luca Dotti, her younger son by her second husband, the psychiatrist Andrea Dotti.

Hepburn died in 1993 from cancer, aged 63, but her popularity has endured, winning her a new generation of fans.

Her eldest son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, said: Now, 50% of her fanbase are teens and tweens. She has replaced James Dean on that closet drawer in kids bedrooms. Its quite extraordinary.

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Author: Billy Roland

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