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Last Updated: Sunday, 13 June, 2004, 12:28 GMT 13:28 UK
Hepburn auction in US makes $5.8m
Katharine Hepburn
The four-times Oscar winner appeared in more than 40 films
Items owned by screen legend Katharine Hepburn - who died aged 96 last June - have sold for $5.8m (3.3m) at auction.

Among the 695 lots sold at Sotheby's in New York were some of her own paintings, as well as clothing, jewellery, photographs and furniture.

A diamond and sapphire brooch fetched $120,000 (65,650).

But a small bronze bust of Spencer Tracy - which Hepburn made and had been estimated to sell for around $4,000 (2,884) - made $316,000 (180,447).

'Enduring legacy'

"We are absolutely thrilled with the results achieved for Miss Hepburn's estate - a testament to her enduring legacy," said Leila Dunbar of Sotheby's.

"It was her wish to give the public a chance to own something of hers.

"And the immense power of her celebrity and worldwide appeal had a significant impact on the bidding, driving prices to many multiples of their estimates."

The two-day auction, which included personal effects such as her wedding dress, letters, film contracts and her telephone, offered a glimpse into the life of the intensely private star.

High bidding

Katharine Hepburn
Hepburn's family will receive the proceeds from the sale

Hundreds of collectors and fans of the four-times Oscar-winning actress attended the auction on Thursday and Friday, with numerous internet and telephone bidders.

One buyer paid $27,000 (14,800) for a cream-coloured velvet dress Hepburn wore when she married Ludlow Ogden Smith in 1928. The marriage lasted six years.

A silver cigarette box engraved with the signatures of the rest of the cast from the Broadway production of The Philadelphia Story sold for $57,000 (31,200).

And two cancelled cheques made out to Hepburn's former voice coach sold for $2,280 (1,250) and $2,400 (1,300).

Money raised from the sale will go into a trust for Hepburn's family.


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