NEW YORK — Audrey Hepburn proved Monday night that even posthumously, compassion has value.

A retrospective of her life, "Audrey Hepburn: The Beauty of Compassion," held at Sotheby’s, drew several hundred people — including both of Hepburn’s sons, Sean Hepburn Ferrer and Luca Dotti, as well as Isabella Rossellini, Matt Lauer and Iman, dripping in De Beers diamonds — and raised upward of $1 million for All Children in School, a new UNICEF program that is being run with assistance from the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Fund.

Nearly $200,000 of the proceeds came from a spirited live auction conducted by Jamie Niven, with more than one observer suggesting a future Hermès sponsorship connection after a chocolate brownHermès Kelly bag previously owned by Hepburn fetched $25,000, and a phone bidder snagged a black version for $36,000, also previously owned by Hepburn. Other auction items included a pair of De Beers diamond earrings, which brought in $5,500, a Givenchy gown worn by Hepburn in "Funny Face" which sold for $17,000, a gold evening bag that fetched $19,000 and Hepburn’s Louis Vuitton beauty case, which sold for $23,000.

The occasion was also an opportunity for Parfums Givenchy executives to show off their latest face, Liv Tyler, who will begin appearing in advertising for the house’s new fragrance this fall. Marianne Tesler, global president of Givenchy Couture, arrived from Paris hand-carrying the black Givenchy dress Tyler wore hours before the event.

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