c1960 Original Auburn Hair Piece Belonging to Audrey Hepburn

£35,000.00




An original sculpted and braided hairpiece that belonged to the Hollywood legend and one of the most beautiful women in the World, Audrey Hepburn.

The hairpiece is made of her rather fine auburn hair and has been braided with dried flowers in it. Because of the fineness of her hair it has been heavily lacquered in places, in order to maintain its shape. It was made by the hairdresser to the stars Alexandre de Paris, reputedly from her hair, when she cut it short. She had several of them made and according to her sons, Sean Hepburn Ferrer and Luca Dotti, they believe this one is one of them. The hairpiece is made on a fine nylon and metal wire netting matrix and it has the labels for Alexandre de Paris and marque depose, inside. It still retains a faint smell of perfume.

It comes in its original large oval cardboard box, also sporting the hairdresser's company details and the lot ticket number of the Christies' auction, where it was purchased. There is also a certificate of authenticity, signed by both her sons.
Audrey Hepburn did indeed have fine hair and it suffered from the overuse of tints and hairsprays on film sets, as confirmed by Philip Kingsley. She approached him in 1974 and he developed a particular brand for her called 'Elasticizer'.

Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) was a British actress, model, dancer and humanitarian. Recognized as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's Golden Age. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as the third-greatest female screen legend in Golden Age Hollywood and was inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. Born in Ixelles, a district of Brussels, Hepburn spent her childhood between Belgium, England and the Netherlands. In Amsterdam, she studied ballet with Sonia Gaskell before moving to London in 1948, continuing her ballet training with Marie Rambert, and then performing as a chorus girl in West End musical theatre productions.

Following minor appearances in several films, Hepburn starred in the 1951 Broadway play Gigi after being spotted by French novelist Colette, on whose work the play was based. She shot to stardom for playing the lead role in Roman Holiday (1953), for which she was the first actress to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for a single performance. The same year Hepburn won a Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play for her performance in Ondine. She went on to star in a number of successful films, such as Sabrina (1954), The Nun's Story (1959), Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964) and Wait Until Dark (1967), for which she received Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. Hepburn won a record three BAFTA Awards for Best British Actress in a Leading Role. In recognition of her film career, she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from BAFTA, the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award and the Special Tony Award. She remains one of the 12 people who have won Academy, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Awards.

Size hairpiece: 26 x 15 x 14 cm (10 ¼ x 6 x 5 ½ inches)
Size box: 28.5 x 23 x 19 cm (11 ¼ x 9 x 7 ½ inches)
Size certificate: 21 x 29.5 cm (8 ¼ x 11 5/8 inches)

Weight: 500 g