Givenchy dresses and ballet slippers: Audrey Hepburn's personal possessions to be auctioned at Christie's  

Audrey Hepburn in 1953
Audrey Hepburn in 1953 Credit: Rex

Audrey Hepburn is part of a highly exclusive club of 20th century names who are as renowned for their extraordinary lives and talents as for their signature style. While Hitchcockian blonde Grace Kelly was all regal elegance and First Lady Jackie Kennedy blended European chic with American ease, Audrey Hepburn remains the high priestess of gamine simplicity.

Although her appeal never diminishes, Hepburn's style will be firmly back on the agenda this autumn as Christie's host a major sale of her possessions, which is being offered by her two sons. 

‘We are thrilled to have been entrusted with the sale of items from Audrey Hepburn's personal collection,’  says Adrian Hume-Sayer, Director, Private Collections at Christie's. ‘Her name is one that instantly resonates, and her appeal and relevance remain as strong today as they ever were. The sales will offer fans and collectors alike the opportunity to acquire unique personal objects which have never before been seen on the market, and which will undoubtedly offer new insights into the remarkable life of a remarkable woman.’ 

Audrey Hepburn's ballet pumps are amongst the pieces up for auction.

Amongst the pieces for sale at the  27th September auction will be items from Hepburn's wardrobe which only serve to underline further the look for which she is so well known. A pristine  belted trench coat by Burberry is expected to fetch between £6000 and £8000. Hepburn's dedication to particular timeless staples is encompassed in a collection of ballet slippers in a rainbow of shades from classic black to cheery yellow and turquoise, which has an estimate of £1500.

A Givenchy dress from Autumn/Winter 1966/67

Hepburn's look is synonymous with Hubert de Givenchy, who first met the star when he dressed her for her second film Sabrina. He went on to create many couture dresses for the actress which she wore both on and off-screen. Included in the Christie's sale is a blue satin Givenchy cocktail dress worn by Hepburn in a photo shoot with William Klein for a fashion editorial promoting Two for the Road  in 1966.

A 1980s Burberry coat from Hepburn's personal collection

 “People have always talked about her grace, [and wondered], What was the secret of her elegance? What was her system? What was her style?,” Hepburn's son Sean Ferrer told US Vogue. He plans to write a book about his mother's style for release next year. 

Ferrer also acknowledged his mother's enduring style appeal, even amongst those who have never known her alive (Hepburn died in 1993). “I think it’s safe to say that probably close to 50 percent of her base today is tweens and teens, which is quite extraordinary.”

Besides pieces from her fashion collection, the auction- which also comprises a second online element set to run from 19th September to 3rd October- will include scripts from some of Hepburn's most loved films such as Breakfast at Tiffany's and photographs offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse into both her personal life and on-set goings-on. 

For more information about Christie's auction, visit their website