Silk scarf Audrey Hepburn sent to fan who was battling anorexia in 1963 goes on sale for £2,000

A silk floral scarf Audrey Hepburn sent to a 13-year-old British fan battling with anorexia has gone on sale for £2,000.

The ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ actress had penned a moving letter to the 13-year-old who had sent her a note after watching one of her films.

Linda, who lives in Dorset had written to Hepburn in 1963 to tell her she had been her inspiration since seeing her in the 1953 film Roman Holiday aged six.

Inside the letter, teenage Linda had included a small rose. The letter landed on the desk of James Wilcox, who at the time had been working in the publicity department at Paramount Films in London.

He informed Hepburn of it and, moved by her plight, she wrote back enclosing a pink and white flowery scarf in the envelope.

Now 69-years-old, Linda has always cherished the item and even kept the scarf in the tissue paper it was originally wrapped in.

She is now selling the items with auction house Charterhouse, of Sherborne, Dorset, who expect them to fetch £2,000.

Hepburn said she had received the sweet card with the beautiful rose which had made her very happy.

The letter read: ‘I was so delighted to hear that I’m one of your favourites. As I was not sure what photo you would like best of me I am sending you several for your scrapbook.

‘Enclosed is also a scarf which I thought you would like. I find it so pretty with all its woodland flowers, most of which grow up here in the mountains.

‘I send you my warmest wishes, and love, Audrey.’

The envelope also contained a selection of photos of Hepburn with a signed dedication to Linda ‘with love’.

Auctioneer Richard Bromell, of Charterhouse highlighted that it was rare for items belonging to stars of the stage, such as Audrey Hepburn, to come on the market.

He said: ‘This is due to fans and collectors keeping their treasures safe just like our client who has owned the scarf, photographs and letters for the past 56 years.

‘Audrey wrote the letter in her own hand, she didn’t get a secretary to type something out for her, and she picked out a scarf she thought a teenage girl would like.

‘It would have meant so much to Linda to receive something from her idol especially as she was seriously ill. She wasn’t expected to survive.

‘She still feels she is paying homage to Audrey with the sale as the proceeds with go to the charity UNICEF which the star supported during her lifetime.’

Film siren Hepburn was 34 years old and at the height of her career when she wrote to Linda on March 10, 1963.

She had starred in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) two years previously, and the following year she appeared in My Fair Lady (1964).

The sale takes place on June 21.


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