Audrey Hepburn’s Iconic Wardrobe Fetches $435,180

12/09/2009 at 12:45 PM ET

courtesy of Kerry Taylor auctions

Audrey Hepburn’s enduring status as a fashion legend was solidified on Tuesday, when more than 40 items from her closet raised a staggering $435,180 at a London auction. One highlight of the sale at Kerry Taylor Auctions was the Givenchy Chantilly lace cocktail dress that she wore in the 1966 film How to Steal a Million, which rang in at $97,270. Another more sentimental garment was her ivory satin bridal gown, commissioned by the actress while she was filming Roman Holiday and planning her nuptials to British industrialist James Hanson. When she later pulled out of the wedding, she asked the designers to give the dress away to the “most beautiful, poor Italian girl you can find.” And so the couture gown made by the Fontana sisters was given to Amabile Altobella, who wore the piece to marry a local farm worker before donating it to the auction. “The collection made double the pre-sale estimate,” said auctioneer Kerry Taylor, who organized the event. “It has been a privilege to handle this collection, the like of which will never be seen again.” With a percentage of the proceeds from the sale going to The Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund, it seems a fitting tribute to the much loved and perennially chic actress-turned-philanthropist. For more on the auction, visit kerrytaylorauctions.com. –Monique Jessen

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Earlene on

Audrey Hepburn is CLASS
She was always, and always will be, my favorite actress.
She was one of a kind.
A great actress, but more importantly a great humanitarian.
May her memory live on for ever.

Penny on

Too bad all of the proceeds aren’t going to the Fund.
Audrey was an amazing woman! She was the epitome of grace and style…a lesson that these celebs today should learn!

Ali on

Audrey Hepburn was LUSH!
She was perfect:)

jared4ever on

A true beauty, in every sense.

Kim on

There’s not a young actress in Hollywood today that couldn’t benefit by using Audrey Hepburn as a role model on how to conduct themselves…

Class and elegance is dying a very painful death.

Anon on

What size was she? She always looked so tiny but every generation gets bigger so was she normal by the standards of the 50’s and 60’s?

Anne on

@Anon She was probably be a modern size 0-2. Her measurement in the 50s/60s were reported to be 31-22-32.

Anne on

posting to add – that measurements of 31-22-32 would have made her a 1950s – 70s size 8. To compare/contrast, Marilyn Monroe measurements were reported to be 36-26-36 and she was a 1950s-70s size 12.

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