EXHIBITION, FLAGSHIP LIVE AND ONLINE AUCTIONS
Christie’s flagship live and online auctions of the Personal Collection of Audrey Hepburn are a celebration of the life and career of arguably the most famous screen actress of the 20th Century, as seen through the lens of the objects she collected, used and loved. Following the initial announcement, a total of almost 500 lots will be offered in September 2017, across two auctions (Part I and Part II), providing a remarkable opportunity to explore Audrey Hepburn’s personal world, both on and off screen. The journey ‘begins’ with the earliest item from Hepburn’s collection: a 1940s black lacquered board suitcase, Nedfabrikaat (made in the Netherlands), possibly the suitcase with which she arrived in the United Kingdom (estimate: £400-600, illustrated right) and also the earliest professional lot: a contract for the London production of the hit Broadway musical ‘High Button Shoes’, 1948-1949 (estimate: £1,000-1,500).
Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, had global auction, private and digital sales in 2016 that totalled £4 billion / $5.4 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.
Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. *Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.