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BARONESS ELLA VAN HEEMSTRA
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BARONESS ELLA VAN HEEMSTRA

Audrey Hepburn with Baroness Ella van Heemstra, New Jersey and Audrey Hepburn with Santa Claus, New York, both December 1953 two gelatin silver press prints

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BARONESS ELLA VAN HEEMSTRA Audrey Hepburn with Baroness Ella van Heemstra, New Jersey and Audrey Hepburn with Santa Claus, New York, both December 1953 two gelatin silver press prints each with stamped United Press credit (verso) together with a typescript letter, signed, from picture editor of the Newspaper Enterprise Association Jack P. Gabriel to Audrey Hepburn, dated 23 February, 1954 ...enclosing some glossies you may like to have, particularly the one with your mother largest print, sheet: 8 x 7 ¼ in.(20.3 x 18.4 cm.); letter 9 ½ x 6 in. (24.1 x 15.2 cm.) (3)
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These lots have been imported from outside the EU for sale using a Temporary Import regime. Import VAT is payable (at 5%) on the Hammer price. VAT is also payable (at 20%) on the buyer’s Premium on a VAT inclusive basis. When a buyer of such a lot has registered an EU address but wishes to export the lot or complete the import into another EU country, he must advise Christie's immediately after the auction.

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Audrey's mother, the Baroness Ella Van Heemstra, arrived in the United States for the first time on 17th December, 1953, to stay with her daughter until the following May. Having not seen the Baroness since she left London in October 1951, Audrey greeted her mother aboard the liner Nieuw Amsterdam in Hoboken, New Jersey. In an interview with Photoplay magazine, Audrey enthused I want everything to be perfect, I've ordered tickets for all the new plays, and I'm going to lay it on real thick - New York that is. I want mother to love it as much as I do. I plan to spoil her as she's never been spoiled before!

Four days later, Audrey was photographed with Santa Claus during ceremonies at the Heart Thrift House in New York on 21st December, 1953, for the benefit of the New York Heart Association.

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