Audrey Hepburn’s ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s' Script Was Bought for $850K — by Tiffany’s
Originally published on September 28th, 2017.
As the sun rises over Manhattan, Holly Golightly, played by Audrey Hepburn, takes a bite of her croissant in front of the gleaming Tiffany's windows. The score by Henry Mancini swells, and an iconic film moment is born in “Breakfast at Tiffany's.”
“The quietness and the proud look of it. Nothing very bad could happen to you there,” Golightly later says of the jewelry store that serves as a kind of second home.
Hepburn received an Oscar nomination for her role in the film adaptation of Truman Capote's short story, turning Golightly into one of the most beloved characters. The Belgian-born screen star's script has now sold for a record £632,750, or about $847,000, to Tiffany & Co. itself in a recent Christie's auction in London.
The 140-page annotated typescript broke records, making it one of the most expensive script ever sold, The New York Times reported.
“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,” Caroline Naggiar, chief brand officer at Tiffany & Co., said in a statement. “We’re proud to have secured this important script for our expansive archives.”
The script was one of more than 250 items that were auctioned off from the late actress's estate.
Other objects included signed portraits, a satin sleep mask, and several pieces from her sought-after wardrobe, including a Givenchy dress she wore in the film “Charade,” the Associated Press reported.
A Tiffany bangle inscribed to Hepburn from director Steven Spielberg also garnered a high price, selling for £332,750, or approximately $447,350.
“You are my ‘inspiration,’” the inscription reads.
All told, the collections sold for a combined $6.2 million.