This fall, the personal possessions of one of the most beloved stars in the history of film and fashion will be presented in a flagship sale at Christie’s London. The highly anticipated Personal Collection of Audrey Hepburn offers a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life and career of the late screen legend, fashion icon, and humanitarian. Among the 400 lots, which include portraits, photographs, memorabilia, and items from her personal wardrobe, is the star offering, Hepburn’s original Breakfast at Tiffany’s film script, annotated in her own hand. To commemorate her most famous role, Luxury Defined presents a showcase of international homes that pay stylish attention to breakfast. Though far from Tiffany’s, we think Holly Golightly would approve, and “might even buy some furniture and give the cat a name!”
Situated within an exclusive guard-gated enclave of Malibu, California, this Mediterranean-style estate is entered via wrought-iron gates that lead to a motor court, surrounded by manicured lawns, mature trees, and cascading waterfalls. Inside is a two-story foyer with hardwood floors and a grand circular staircase, which opens to Venetian-inspired reception rooms comprising a formal living room, dining room, and great room with wet bar. The gourmet kitchen invites with its custom cabinetry, top-of-the-range appliances, and center island; a stone archway opens to wonderful breakfast nook with a bay window facing the garden. Other stellar features include a master suite with sauna, steam shower, walk-in closets, and two decks overlooking the rear garden and pool terrace.
Andover, Hampshire, England
This historic Grade II listed house in the English village of Chute Standen near Andover, has an enviable setting within 40 acres of private parkland. The principal part of the house dates from the 16th century, with significant Georgian additions. The reception rooms comprise a drawing room with French doors opening to the grounds; a music room with raised stage; and a formal dining room and breakfast nook, served by a stylish country kitchen complete with Aga. The east wing houses two studies, an office, and gym. The grounds abound with such world-class recreational options as a swimming pool, tennis court with pavilion, and equestrian facilities: stables, fenced paddocks, an outdoor manége, and riding trails.
Waterfront Estate on Lake Michigan
Highland Park, Illinois
This elegant Lake Michigan estate ensures lakefront living at its finest. Sweeping views of the lake are enjoyed from nearly every vantage: the reception rooms, office, gourmet kitchen and breakfast room, private quarters, and lovely lawned terrace, which leads down to a private beach. The master suite has its own spa bathroom and enormous walk-in closet. There are five additional bedroom suites for family members, guests, or staff. The home is arrayed with unique resort-style features including an indoor pool, fitness center, home theater, and lower-level recreation area with family room, game room, wine cellar, bar, and screening room.
Brielle, New Jersey
This singular residence, which takes its name from the Latin word for unique, encapsulates design at its most exceptional, within an idyllic setting on the banks of the Manasquan River. The nine-bedroom residence was designed to cater to every luxury. Among its outstanding appointments is a climate-controlled wine cellar and tasting room, a billiards room, and a home theater. The gourmet kitchen opens to a stunning glass-enclosed breakfast area facing the river. The outdoor delights include two deepwater docks, an alluring pool with cabana, bar, and outdoor kitchen, ideal for entertaining, and a Japanese-style garden, which provides a tranquil space to relax.
In the heart of one of Paris’s most sought-after areas, this perfect pied-à-terre on Rue Bonaparate has been beautifully renovated, fully furnished, and professionally designed throughout. Offering 1,862 square feet of palatial living and entertaining areas, the second-floor apartment boasts a generously proportioned reception room, formal dining room, library, fully equipped contemporary kitchen, and a balcony, ideal for morning coffee and croissants from avant-garde pâtisserie Pierre Hermé. There are two bedroom suites each with a luxurious bathroom and a dressing room. The apartment is fully air conditioned and includes staff quarters, a storage cellar, security surveillance, and caretaker services.