Ms. Leigh, who won best actress Academy Awards for her performances in âGone with the Windâ (1940) and âA Streetcar Named Desireâ (1952), and Ms. Hepburn, who won that same coveted Oscar for her role in âRoman Holidayâ (1954), and greater fame for her depiction of Holly Golightly in âBreakfast at Tiffanyâs,â were two of the most dazzling stars of Hollywoodâs golden era.
But the two auctions appealed to subtly different audiences.
At Christieâs, the 246-lot Audrey Hepburn âprivate collectionâ 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 â60s, and the live sale (there is also an online-only auction that runs through Wednesday) attracted the most internet bids ever at a Christieâs 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 Â£632,750 given for Ms. Hepburnâs original working script for âBreakfast at Tiffanyâs,â the 1961 film that defined her career as an actress â and turned her into a style icon.
The price was a salesroom high for any film script offered at auction. Estimated at Â£60,000 to 90,000, it was bought, suitably enough, by Tiffany & Company, represented in the room by its archivist, Annamarie V. Sandecki.
The âBreakfast at Tiffanyâsâ section of the auction generated intense bidding, with a further Â£81,250 offered by a telephone…