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Audrey Hepburn’s script for the iconic film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, fetched more than £632 000 (about R11.7 million) when it went under the Christie’s hammer.

Audrey Hepburn’s script for the iconic film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, fetched more than £632 000 (about R11.7 million) when it went under the Christie’s hammer in London recently – a record-breaking amount for any script sold at auction.

The 1961 script contained Hepburn’s handwritten notes and comments about deleted scenes. She was paid a record breaking fee of $750 000 for the movie – at the time the highest salary ever paid to a female actor.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s is an American romantic comedy loosely based on Truman Capote’s novella of the same name. Starring Hepburn and George Peppard – and featuring Mickey Rooney playing a Chinese man – the film has achieved cult status globally.

Hepburn’s portrayal of Holly Golightly, the naïve, eccentric socialite, is considered her most memorable role. She regarded it as one of her most challenging roles, since she was an introvert required to play an extrovert.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s won two Academy Awards: Best Original Score and Best Original Song for Henry Mancini’s Moon River. The film was also nominated for three other Academy Awards: Best Actress for Hepburn, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Art Direction.

Hepburn’s own voice was used to sing Moon River but two years later her songs in My Fair Lady were – much to her disgust – all dubbed. Composer Mancini later said he had especially written the song for Hepburn, implying that the melody would not tax a non-singer.

In 2012, the film was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

The historic Breakfast at Tiffany’s script was one of more than 200 of the late film star’s personal treasures that went on sale at Christie’s, raising more than £4m in total.

Hepburn’s working script from the 1963 Warner Brothers film production of My Fair Lady was also sold, fetching £206 250. 

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