Audrey Hepburn Shines at Auction, but Celebrity Sales Are Changing

Ms. Leigh, who won best actress Academy Awards for her performances in “Gone with the Wind” (1940) and “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1952), and Ms. Hepburn, who won that same coveted Oscar for her role in “Roman Holiday” (1954), and greater fame for her depiction of Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” were two of the most dazzling stars of Hollywood’s golden era.

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More than 1,000 Audrey Hepburn admirers attended an event at Christie’s before a sale of her personal effects on Wednesday.

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But the two auctions appealed to subtly different audiences.

At Christie’s, the 246-lot Audrey Hepburn “private collection” sale, held on Wednesday by her sons, Luca Dotti and Sean Hepburn Ferrer, consisted mainly of photographs and fashion items. Ms. Hepburn was one of the great global style icons of the 1950s and ’60s, and the live sale (there is also an online-only auction that runs through Wednesday) attracted the most internet bids ever at a Christie’s auction.

It raised 4.6 million pounds, or about $6.2 million, seven times the estimate, with 30 percent of lots bought by online bidders. All the lots sold, and thanks to those internet bids the event took a marathon 10 hours.

The sensation of the auction was the £632,750 given for Ms. Hepburn’s original working script for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” the 1961 film that defined her career as an actress — and turned her into a style icon.

The price was a salesroom high for any film script offered at auction. Estimated at £60,000 to 90,000, it was bought, suitably enough, by Tiffany & Company, represented in the room by its archivist, Annamarie V. Sandecki.

The “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” section of the auction generated intense bidding, with a further £81,250 offered by a telephone…

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