LOS ANGELES, CA.- Bonhams
celebrated Audrey Hepburn's birthday in fashionable style when an American phone bidder took home one of her prized accessories, a Givenchy hat worn in the November 1964 issue of "Vogue" magazine. The item sold for an impressive $46,250, more than four times its low estimate, at the two day auction of Entertainment Memorabilia including Animation Art on May 4-5 in Los Angeles. Bonhams witnessed heated bidding among salesroom, internet and phone bidders for the coveted jade green velvet hat, with bidders from 22 countries participating in the auction.
Catherine Williamson, Director of Entertainment Memorabilia at Bonhams, remarked, "following our November 2013 sale of Hepburn's Givenchy hat from "Funny Face" for $87,500, this auction confirms the actress's continuing appeal to fans of all generations."
Rock & roll posters also had a strong showing, with a 1968 Cream concert poster reaching a final bid of $11,875, more than five times its low estimate. The intricate psychedelic illustration was designed by cartoonist Ed Argo and advertised the penultimate performance of Cream's farewell tour of the United States. Equally significant, an original poster for a concert of Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable fetched $9,375, almost twice its low estimate. Printed in gold ink on yellow acetate, the poster dates from the pop artist's 1966-67 tour with the Velvet Underground, shortly after the release of their seminal album "The Velvet Underground & Nico."
The auction offered over 500 eclectic items that appealed to hundreds of bidders, from film posters, photographs, scripts, costumes and animation art to rock & roll memorabilia. Further details of the auction's results can be found at www.bonhams.com/21643. Bonhams is currently accepting consignments for its second auction in partnership with Turner Classic Movies, entitled "There's No Place Like Hollywood," which will take place November 24 in New York.