Breakfast At Tiffany S
October 17, 2010 by staff
Breakfast At Tiffany S, A sheet of 10 stamps representing rare Audrey Hepburn recovered euro430, 000 ($ 606,000) at an auction in Berlin, two thirds of this sum will go to help educate children in sub-Saharan Africa.
The sheet of 10 stamps mint condition featuring Hepburn, a coy smile on his face and a long, black cigarette holder dangling from his lips, has a beneficial outcome to a series of stamps that should have been botched destroyed years ago – and speaks with Hepburn role in the 1963 thriller “Charade”, in which the characters chase a set of rare stamps.
Sean Ferrer, 50, son of Hepburn with actor and director Mel Ferrer, and the President’s Fund Audrey Hepburn Children’s, said he was pleased that the sale on Saturday was “focused on children in need “but hoped that the stamp has sold for a higher price.
Two-thirds of the funds raised will go to the Fund for the Audrey Hepburn Children’s, and one third of UNICEF Germany.
The German postal service originally printed 14 million stamps Hepburn in 2001 showing the Belgian-born actress in her most famous role as the impetuous Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
Only after the stamps were printed was Sean Ferrer, 50, son of Hepburn and the chairman of the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund’s, contacted to grant copyright – but he refused, arguing that the picture had changed.
“In the original picture, she has sunglasses hanging from his mouth, but they were overthrown by the negative and replaced the glasses with the cigarette holder,” he told The Associated Press.
Ferrer suggested using either the original picture or another, but the postal service ended with the demolition of the stamp and order these products destroyed.
Deutsche Post says it saved only two sheets of stamps – one for its own archives and the Museum of the German Post. But in 2004, a single stamp to smoking Hepburn, postmarked Berlin, landed on the office of auctioneer Andreas Schlegel.
“I was obviously very surprised because they were never meant to be used as stamps to all,” said Schlegel.
Between 2004 and 2009, four other stamps Hepburn arrived and have been authenticated. They sold at auction for between euro62, 500 and euro173, 000.
After successfully selling his fifth stamp Schlegel contacted Ferrer to suggest you ask the German government if they could sell one of the stamp sheets archived for charity. But Ferrer had a better idea: Why not clean sheet sent Germany in 2001, which had yet?
“Andreas almost fell backwards and had a stroke when he heard this,” said Ferrer.
Ferrer then signed a contract with the German Ministry of Finance; the guarantee of rights to sell the sheet of stamps for charity and make sure the government would not be able to sell any of its leaves until in 2040.
That helped boost the price of the auction, said Mercer Bristow, director of the authentication stamp for the American Philatelic Society.
“It goes back to supply and demand. It is the leaf that their people can bid and is still a popular actress,” he told the AP in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.
Other items up for auction Saturday include a pair of ballet slippers Hepburn black and a portrait of the actress.
“I feel wonderful about the fact that something that belonged to him now can focus on children in need around the world,” said Ferrer.
Hepburn was a UNICEF ambassador from 1988 until shortly before his death from colon cancer in 1993.
“My mother always told me,” I did not go and sell a perfume or toilet paper. I did something good with my name, “said Ferrer.
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