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Hepburn Dress Auction 赫本晚装拍卖
[ 2006-12-13 08:33 ]

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A classic LBD - little black dress
An anonymous telephone bidder has paid £467,200 (or about 7,008,000 Yuan) for the black dress made for Audrey Hepburn for her role in the film Breakfast at Tiffany's. The dress was sold at a London auction and the proceeds from the sale will go to charity.

The black sleeveless dress was expected to be sold for £70,000 (that's about 1,050,000 Yuan) but there were gasps, laughter and applause as the price broke through barrier after barrier, before finally coming to rest at £410,000 (with the remainder of the sale price made up of buyer's fees).

This iconic garment has been described as the ultimate little black dress. It's plain and simple but sophisticated. It's demure yet very sexy.

Audrey Hepburn was seen as a new kind of star when she burst onto the scene in 1953. Most other stars then were in the Marilyn Monroe mould – blonde, curvaceous and overtly sexy. In the film Roman Holiday, Hepburn unveiled her look for the first time. She was tall and slim, with elfin features and looked almost androgynous. She had big, innocent dark eyes and her attraction was much less obvious than Monroe's. Hepburn started a trend that has been continued by many since then. The model Kate Moss and actress Winona Ryder are two who many think have been influenced by her style.

But what is the lasting appeal of a woman whose final acting role was in 1989? Why was she voted the most beautiful woman of all time in a magazine poll earlier this year? Her granddaughter Claire Goldsmith says "It's about those eyes, those big, brown, warm eyes. Women relate to her because she was unthreatening and for men she had that innocence."

For the founder of the charity that will benefit from the sale of the dress, the attraction is perhaps more down to earth. The French author, Dominique Lapierre, set up a charity The City of Joy Aid to help poor people in India. After the auction Dominique said "I am absolutely dumbfounded that a piece of cloth which belonged to such a magical actress will now enable me to buy bricks and cement to put the most destitute children in the world into schools."

So it seems this little black dress has turned into a rather large pot of gold.


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annonymous
匿名的

bidder
出价人, 投标人   
gasps
喘息, 气喘    
barrier after barrier
层层阻碍  
coming to rest
终止  
iconic garment
偶像化的服饰 
sophisticated
精致的  
demure
娴静端庄的  
mould
模具
curvaceous
曲线美的   

overtly
公开的, 公然的  

unveiled
显示   
elfin
小巧玲珑
androgynous
(雌雄)两性的  
unthreatening
不具威胁的
innocence
天真,单纯  
down to earth
实际的   

destitute
贫穷的 

dumbfounded
惊讶    
pot of gold
一罐黄金, 指一笔巨款   
  


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