BERLIN -- A rare stamp portraying movie star Audrey Hepburn smoking sold for $93,800 (euro67,000) at an auction in Germany on Tuesday.
The Schlegel auction house declined to identify the buyer, who was represented by an agent.
A minimum bid of euro30,000 was set for the stamp, of which only five copies are known to exist.
Auctioneer Elisabeth Schlegel announced that the stamp -- which escaped being incinerated by the German government -- had sold for euro53,500. After adding commission and sales tax, the total came to euro67,000.
The government in 2001 printed 14 million Audrey Hepburn stamps as part of a series featuring movie stars including Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe and Greta Garbo.
The print run was destroyed after Hepburn's son, Sean Ferrer, objected to the cigarette holder dangling from the actress' mouth and refused to grant copyright.
However, the Finance Ministry had already delivered advance copies of the Hepburn stamps to Deutsche Post for approval. Thirty of those proof copies escaped destruction when an unknown employee pocketed them and used them to send letters postmarked from Berlin.
To see a picture of the stamp
I love reading any book about her life. I have:
Audrey Hepburn, An Elegant Spirit (By Sean Hepburn Ferrer)
How to Be Lovely (By Melissa Hellstern)
Movie Icons: Audrey Hepburn (Pub. By Taschen)
Audrey Hepburn: A life in Pictures (By Krenz)
AudreyStyle (By Pamela Clarke Keogh)
The Audrey Hepburn Treasures (By Erwin & Diamond)
They're all great, and I'm recommend them all, especially the first one because it's written by her son.
Mine- Breakfast at Tiffany's followed by Charade.
***THESE ARE HER Oscar Nominated ROLES***
If you prefer another, tell me in the comments!
So I recently went to Target the other day to get some sunblock and to look for the Wii Fit! No Wii fit, found the sunblock! But as I was leaving with my one purchase I thought "I drove all the way to Target for one thing?" In an effort to not waste gas I decided to browse the aisles to see what else I might "need" and what I found was in the Home Decor Aisle. Posters and framed art of Audrey Hepburn! YAY! There were also posters and framed art of Dean Martin, Marilyn Monroe and the Rat Pack! I ended up leaving with one piece its a horizontal piece with three pictures of Audrey from Breakfast at Tiffany's.
I went on to Target.com to find it so I could share but they didn't have it. But here's the link anyways because there are a lot of great pictures on their site that they didn't have in my local Target.