May 31, 2007

Hepburn dress gets $192K in NYC auction

NEW YORK - A pink cocktail dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" was auctioned Wednesday for nearly $200,000 — more than six times what the auctioneers expected.

The sleeveless dress, worn for the scene in which
Holly Golightly discovers her brother has died, sold for $192,000 to a private European buyer at Christie's sale of film and entertainment memorabilia. The auction house said it had expected the dress to sell for as much as $30,000.

"The sale was filled with iconic pieces," said Helen Hall, Christie's head of entertainment memorabilia. "It captured people's imagination."

Hall said the auction house was pleased with the results of the sale, which brought in $1.2 million.

Other items on the block included Marilyn Monroe's script for "Something's Got To Give," with the actress' handwritten notes, which sold for $19,200. A program from President John F. Kennedy's birthday celebration that featured the actress at Madison Square Garden went for $66,000.

All the prices include the Christie's commission.

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