In order to raise money for schools in India, Christie's auctioned one of the black dresses that Audrey Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany's:
The iconic black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film "Breakfast at Tiffany's" sold for 410,000 pounds ($800,000) on Tuesday, around seven times its pre-sale estimate.
Including the premium paid to auctioneers Christie's, the total cost for the sleeveless, floor-length Givenchy cocktail gown rose to 467,200 pounds ($920,000).
The sale room at Christie's broke into applause at the end of a long and tense session when it was finally bought by an anonymous telephone bidder. Christie's would only say that the successful bidder was European.
The dress, one of three versions made for Hepburn for her role as socialite
Holly Golightly in the classic romantic comedy, was being auctioned on behalf of the City of Joy Aid charity which helps underprivileged children in India.
"There are tears in my eyes," said Dominic Lapierre, who runs the charity. Givenchy gave the dress to his friends the Lapierres to raise money for the charity.
I heard on NPR this morning that they were hoping to get about 40,000 for it. This is just a slight bit more.
I would say that it is too much, but it is going to a good cause and it really is a hot dress.
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