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    Sale 5238

    Film & Entertainment Memorabilia

    19 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 80

    Audrey Hepburn Charade, 1963

    Price Realised  


    Audrey Hepburn Charade, 1963
    A knee-length coat by Givenchy, the fitted coat of deep yellow wool with three-quarter length sleeves fastening with domed black buttons decorated with bronze coloured specks, lined with black raw silk, labelled GIVENCHY, PARIS; and a short-sleeved fitted dress of cream wool, the bodice lined with cream silk chiffon, the skirt with cream silk, unlabelled but probably by Givenchy -- both made for and worn by Audrey Hepburn as Regina "Reggie" Lampert in the 1963 Universal film Charade (2)

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    The vendor's husband, Peter Stone, wrote the screenplay for Charade and, as the vendor was the same size as Audrey Hepburn, he acquired this coat and dress for his wife at the end of filming.

    The plot of Charade hinges on a valuable set of stamps and a case of mistaken identity. Audrey Hepburn as Reggie Lambert is seeking to find out how her husband, Charles, has been killed. This coat is seen in the build up to the climax of the film when she and Adam [Cary Grant] go to the stamp fair in the park; it is here that they realise the significance of the stamps on the letter sent to Reggie by her husband. She is still wearing the coat in the final chase sequence through the metro and streets of Paris, culminating in the theatre scene when Adam [Cary Grant] prevents Mr Bartholemew [Walter Matthau] from killing Reggie. The dress is first seen worn underneath a rain coat when Reggie is talking to Adam in a phone booth trying to establish his identity, and later in the hotel room after Adam's fight with Herman Scobie [George Kennedy] as she tends to the wounds on his back.

    Photographs supplied by BFI stills
    C Universal Pictures

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