Audrey Hepburn SABRINA Gown Going Up For Auction
Profiles in History is proud to announce one of the most important dresses in film history is going up for auction during their three day Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Personal Property Auction on October 7th, 8th and 9th in Los Angeles. This is Audrey Hepburn's screen worn unforgettable 2-piece white gown with black floral embroidery that she wore in the Cinderella moment of "Sabrina" when she upstages the haughty socialites at a party. It was acquired by Debbie Reynolds for her unparalleled Hollywood memorabilia collection.As the story goes, director Billy Wilder advised Hepburn to go to Paris to pick out her own costumes for the film in order to really inhabit the experience of her character. She visited the Paris atelier of Givenchy, but Givenchy told Hepburn that he would have no opportunity to accommodate her as he was already working on his upcoming season's collection. He did agree to let her select designs from the previous season's offerings. Here the competing accounts begin. One side holds that Audrey brought back three dresses, among them this hand embroidered gown, and wore the Givenchy-made garments in the film. Others assert that Hepburn brought back designs from Givenchy, giving them to Edith Head who supervised the creation of original wardrobe for the film. Some have suggested that Head created her versions from the Givenchy pieces, themselves. Whatever the case may be, this gown not only screen matches the aforementioned scenes, it also matches the extensive still photography, down to the most minute detail and nuance of the delicate embroidery. It is estimated to sell for $80,000 - $120,000.
ABOUT PROFILES IN HISTORY Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world's largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage SIGNED photographs and manuscripts. Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph "Joe" Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. Profiles in History has held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and own virtually every Guinness Book record for prices of original screen-used memorabilia. Highlights from their previous auctions include the "Cowardly Lion" costume from The Wizard of Oz for $805,000; Steve McQueen's "Michael Delaney" racing suit from Le Mans for $960,000; From the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe "Subway" Dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.52M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M. In February 2012, Profiles in History arranged the sale of a pair of Judy Garland screen-used Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In June 2017, at his Hollywood Auction 89, Joe sold the Gary Cannavo collection of Battlestar Galactica spaceships for 1.8 million dollars, the Saturday Night Fever dance floor for 1.2 million and an R2D2 for 2.76 million. In addition, Joe Maddalena was the star of Hollywood Treasure, which aired on Syfy. Hollywood Treasure took viewers into the fascinating world of showbiz and pop culture memorabilia. For more information visit www.profilesinhistory.com