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ROMAN HOLIDAY, 1953
A PENDANT
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ROMAN HOLIDAY, 1953 A PENDANT

SECOND HALF 20TH CENTURY

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ROMAN HOLIDAY, 1953
A PENDANT
SECOND HALF 20TH CENTURY
Modelled as the Bocca della Verità, with pierced eyes, nose and mouth
1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm.)
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Lot Essay

In the most famous scene in Roman Holiday, Joe (Gregory Peck) tells Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) the legend of the Bocca della Verità, or the Mouth of Truth, which will bite the hand of a liar, while a truthful person will have nothing to fear. Peck and director William Wyler played a trick on Hepburn during filming, not warning her ahead of time that Peck would pull out his arm from the stone mouth with his hand drawn into his cuff, as if bitten off. Audrey's spontaneous reaction was genuine shock, and the scene was filmed in one take. This pendant was likely gifted to Hepburn by Peck or Wyler as a reminder of the joke, or purchased by Hepburn in Rome as a memento of the scene.

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