Los Angeles (May 6, 2014) - Bonhams, the third largest international fine art auction house, 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.
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Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com