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Lot #692
Audrey Hepburn Signed Photograph

Amazingly early Hepburn photograph, signed at the age of 16

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Estimate: $3000+
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Amazingly early Hepburn photograph, signed at the age of 16

Vintage matte-finish 3.5 x 5.5 postcard photo of Audrey Hepburn years before embarking on an acting career, signed on the reverse in fountain pen, "With love from Audrey, December 1945." Reverse bears a "Studio Orsa" stamp. In very fine condition. Encapsulated in a PSA/DNA authentication holder identifying it as an original 'Type I' photograph, and grading the autograph an "8." Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. Dated shortly after the close of World War II, this photo of a 16-year-old Hepburn shows the face of a young girl who, only a few months earlier, had danced as part of Dr. Hendrik Visser ’t Hooft's zwarte avonden, or 'black evenings,' illegal musical performances organized to help raise funds in support of those sheltering the tens of thousands of Jews and other people in hiding across the Netherlands. An incredibly early portrait of the future movie icon, taken the same year she moved with her family to Amsterdam to begin ballet training, and three years before she first appeared on film as a stewardess in 1948's Dutch in Seven Lessons. The only other signatures of such early date would likely belong to Hepburn's identification card or personal passport.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #616 - Ended September 15, 2021

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