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Russian Tycoon Buys Original “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Manuscript

30. April 2013 by Lorena 0 Comments

The original manuscript of the book that led to Audrey Hepburn’s most iconic role has been sold for over $300,000. Russian billionaire Igor Sosin purchased the book and says he will display it in Moscow and Monaco. The typewritten copy of Breakfast at Tiffany’s shows author Truman Capote’s notes in the margins, including a choice to change the heroine’s name from Connie Gustafson to Holly Golightly.

 

Igor Sosin made his fortune in retail, and is the owner of two large chains in Russia: one that sells pet products and another that sells home improvement products.

 

Capote’s novel about the freewheeling Holly Golightly was scandalous when it was written. The magazine Harper’s Bazaar had originally purchased the story to print over several months, but got cold feet at the risqué content. The story eventually appeared in Esquire before being adapted into the classic film starring Audrey Hepburn.

 

Ironically, Audrey Hepburn was not Capote’s first choice for the role. When he wrote the novella, he had Marilyn Monroe in mind. However, her agents advised her to pass the movie by, so it went to Hepburn instead.