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Audrey Hepburn stamp fetches $93,000 at auction

"BERLIN - A rare stamp portraying movie star Audrey Hepburn smoking sold for $93,800 at an auction in Germany Tuesday. Both buyer and seller were anonymous.

Only five copies of the 2001 stamp are known to exist.

The print run was ordered destroyed after Hepburn's son, Sean Ferrer, objected to the cigarette holder dangling from the "Breakfast at Tiffany's" star's mouth and refused to grant copyright.

Thirty proof copies escaped incineration. Most probably ended up in the trash can, but a few have wound up in the hands of collectors.

"We can only guess that whoever took the Hepburn stamps from Deutsche Post didn't realize their value, thought they would save 55 cents and just used them on normal letters," auctioneer Andreas Schlegel said.

Hepburn died of colon cancer in 1993. Her son said he hoped the stamp seller would use his windfall to benefit cancer research or an anti-smoking campaign."
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Collectible Audrey Hepburn dolls coming this July

"Limited edition products to be based on Breakfast at Tiffany's and Funny Face.

Specialist doll maker Madame Alexander has teamed with Paramount Pictures to create two limited edition dolls based on classic Audrey Hepburn films, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Funny Face.

The Breakfast at Tiffany's doll stands 21-inches tall and comes dressed in a short black dress and hat with parasol, purse, necklace and sunglasses.

The 16-inch Funny Face doll, meanwhile, is dressed in a red evening gown, with the film's signature black turtleneck sweater and capris outfit packaged with the doll.

Both dolls will be available in specialty stores from July, priced around $449.95."

Unseen photographs of Audrey Hepburn exhibited

"Unseen photographs of Audrey Hepburn are to go on show in a display timed to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the actress's birth.

Some of the images were taken by Sam Shaw in Paris during a break on-set of the 1957 film Love In The Afternoon. The actress was 28 years old at the time and had recently suffered a miscarriage while trying to start a family with Mel Ferrer, according to The Sunday Telegraph.

Melissa Stevens, Shaw's granddaughter, said that Hepburn had been "professional and very sweet".

"Nobody had a bad word to say about her and she travelled around the world for her career which must have been personally quite demanding," she said.

The exhibition, entitled Proud Galleries And The Sam Shaw Archives, Ltd. Presents Audrey And Marilyn, will be on display at London's Proud Central from April 20 to July 26."