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News Hepburn Auction Feature Items From Her Theatre Career
The estate of Katharine Hepburn, the legendary actress who died June 29, 2003, at her home in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, will be put up for auction at New York's Sotheby's house on June 4.

As might be expected, the numerous lots contain a good many items from her theatre career. Among the mementos on the block are contracts for her work in the Broadway plays "The Warrior's Husband," "Without Love" and "As You Like It"; legendary designer Robert Edmond Jones' rendering of the set for the Hepburn vehicle The Philadelphia Story and a Hirschfeld caricature of Hepburn acting in that Philip Barry comedy. Another lot of particular historical interest contains two purchase agreements for the film rights of The Philadelphia Story. Hepburn enthusiasts know that the actress salvaged her film career by starring herself in the movie version of the Barry play.

Hepburn returned to Broadway in 1970 in the Alan Jay Lerner musical Coco. Those interested in that show are free to bid on an autographed 1971 program; a piano-shaped music box that was featured in the production; and a music baton that the show's conductor reportedly handed to Hepburn at Coco's final performance.

One of the most expensive items for sale is a platinum, diamond and sapphire jardiniere brooch given to Hepburn by filmmaker, inventor, aviator and millionaire Howard Hughes. It is estimated to pull between $15,000 and $20,000.

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