Audrey Hepburn’s original working script for the 1961 movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” sold Wednesday night at Christie’s in London for £632,750, or about $847,000, appropriately enough to Tiffany & Co. The price was a high for any film script offered at auction, according the London-based auction house.
The 140-page typescript, annotated by the actress, was one of more than 250 items from the private collection of Ms. Hepburn offered by her sons, Luca Dotti and Sean Hepburn Ferrer, at a live auction at Christie’s. Her depiction of the carefree, but stylish Manhattan bohemian, Holly Golightly, based on the character in Truman Capote’s novel, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” is widely recognized as Ms. Hepburn’s definitive role, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for best actress.
In the opening scene of the movie, Holly, dressed at dawn in a black dress, pearls and sunglasses, gazes longingly at the window display at Tiffany’s Fifth Avenue store, with Henry Mancini’s “Moon River” (which won an Oscar for best original song) swelling in the background.
Estimated to sell for £60,000-90,000, or about $77,000-$110,000, the typescript was contested by a client represented on the telephone and three bidders in the salesroom. Annamarie V. Sandecki, Tiffany & Co.’s archivist, bidding at the back of the room through unerring nods of her head, was the winner.
“Still today, visitors from around the world travel to our iconic Fifth Avenue flagship to create their own Audrey Hepburn moment in front of the famed Tiffany windows,” said Caroline Naggiar, chief brand officer at Tiffany & Co., in a statement. “‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ is such an iconic work in cinematic history, and we’re proud to have secured this important script for our expansive archives as a way to celebrate Tiffany’s popular culture legacy,” Ms. Naggiar added.
The aura of Ms. Hepburn and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” led…