Sotheby’s and Christie’s auction off personal belongings of Vivien Leigh and Audrey Hepburn

The bequests of Vivien Leigh and Audrey Hepburn have been up for auction at Sotheby’s and Christie’s. A painting by Churchill and a script for “Breakfast at Diamonds” scored by the second were the star lots. The collection has reached 2.2 million pounds in total. The result has been 5 times higher than that estimated in the sales forecasts.

Givenchy cocktail dress that belonged to Audrey Hepburn.

This past week Sotheby’s Y Christie’s they had a hearty pulse in London over two auctions dedicated, respectively, to Vivien Leigh and Audrey Hepburn. The first was held on September 26 at New Bond Street and the second one of the after a five minute walk in the direction of the Tmesis. Interestingly, the estimates offered by the two houses of the total value of the legacy of the women who gave life to Scarlett O’Hara (Gone with the Wind) and Holly Golightly (Breakfast with diamonds) coincide in the same number: 550.000 euros. Now we know that the result has been 5 times greater, the collection reached 2.2 million pounds in total.

Not to mention the house of Wiltshire, in south-west England, where Leigh lived with her first husband and which went on sale to coincide with the auction. The mansion, with seven bedrooms and a medieval-style patio, has been valued at almost three million euros, so that the three grandchildren and heirs of the actress (children of her daughter Suzanne) never go hungry. The juicy memorabilia button included paintings, photographs, jewelry, clothing, books, furniture, porcelain and other articles that mark his biography. Among the most coveted items was a autographed copy of Gone with the Wind (from 5,500 to 7,700 euros) that the novelist Margaret Mitchell I gave him on his day.

Gold ring engraved with the names of Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier.

It seems that the actress did not separate from the book during the entire shoot and avoided at all costs that the scriptwriters changed the original text. “Vivien was one of the most illustrious minds of her time,” he says. Frances Christie, from Sotheby’s. “This is proven by his interest in art as a collector and patron, and a huge library with first editions by authors of his generation.” Some belongings reveal little-known aspects of her personal life, such as Katherine Hepburn’s complicity in her affair with Laurence Olivier. The American star chose as a wedding gift for the couple a silver cup that could exceed 10.000 euros. They also bid for a gold ring (1,000 euros) with the inscription “Laurence Olivier Vivien Eternally” proof of the “disturbing attraction” (as the actor wrote) that they experienced during their 20 years of marriage.

Audrey Hepburn Burberry Trench Coat.

The painting Roses in a glass vase, that he painted himself Winston Churchill and from which Vivien never parted, it was the most expensive lot (more than 100,000 euros). Although Audrey Hepburn’s children continue to face each other in court over their inheritance, Luca Dotti Y Sean Hepburn Ferrer They have entrusted Christie’s to submit to the hammer verdict an arsenal of memorabilia from the actress, model and dancer. “His name has been burned into the memory of several generations,” says Adrian Hume-Sayer, director of private collections at Christie’s. “That’s why his personal belongings continue to get so much attention.” In the catalog there was a Burberry (about 9,000 euros), a collection of dancers (2,000 euros) and a Givenchy cocktail dress (17.000 euros).

The Parisian couturier, Hepburn’s friend and confidant during Mel Ferrer’s long absences, designed Sabrina’s wardrobe, How to Steal a Million and Breakfast at Diamonds. Of this last film a script copy with annotations of the actress. There were also portraits taken at the height of his career (between 1953 and 1968) by such photographers as Cecil Beaton, Bud Fraker, and Steven Meisel. “Its genuine elegance has not lost its validity,” says the expert. It was also possible to bid on a letter (6,500 euros) that he wrote Truman capote at the exit of a Breakfast with diamonds pass and a take-out camera (3,000 euros). “The films I recorded are not saved, but I suspect that many would want to see the world through that lens …”, he suggests Hume-Sayer.