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MY FAIR LADY, 1964/GENE ALLEN
A CIGARETTE LIGHTER
MY FAIR LADY, 1964/GENE ALLEN
A CIGARETTE LIGHTER
MY FAIR LADY, 1964/GENE ALLEN
A CIGARETTE LIGHTER
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MY FAIR LADY, 1964/GENE ALLEN
A CIGARETTE LIGHTER
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MY FAIR LADY, 1964/GENE ALLEN A CIGARETTE LIGHTER

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MY FAIR LADY, 1964/GENE ALLEN
A CIGARETTE LIGHTER
Of shaped rectangular form with reeded decoration, the lid with presentation inscription FOR MY FAIR LADY the base engraved GENE ALLEN December 1963
2 in. (5 cm.) long
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Lot Essay

Presented to Audrey Hepburn by Art Director Gene Allen after filming of My Fair Lady. Shooting finished a few days before Christmas, 1963.

One of Audrey's few vices were cigarettes. In Audrey At Home, Luca Dotti described how she began to smoke as a young girl, when Holland was liberated from Nazi occupation by the British:

"Freedom has a special smell to me" - she explained - "the smell of British petrol and British cigarettes. When I ran out to welcome the soldiers, I inhaled their petrol fumes as if it were a priceless perfume and I demanded a cigarette, even though it made me choke." She would never again be without British cigarettes.

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