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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

School Opens From Hepburn Dress Sale

BISHNUPUR, India -- French author and philanthropist Dominique Lapierre inaugurated on Wednesday the first of 15 schools to be built in eastern India with money raised from auctioning a black dress that actress Audrey Hepburn wore in the 1961 film "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

Two hundred children can be educated up to the sixth grade at the school in Bishnupur, a village about 50 kilometers south of Calcutta, the capital of West Bengal state.

"I am very happy that my efforts are bearing fruit. Things are changing, with more and more children going to school," Lapierre told cheering students.

The school is one of 15 to be built in the state with the $807,000 paid by a telephone bidder for Hepburn's dress at a Christie's auction in London in December.

Lapierre had received the dress as a gift from designer Hubert de Givenchy. Proceeds from the sale went to the City of Joy Foundation, run by Lapierre to help India's poor.

Hepburn wore the dress in one of her best-known roles, as eccentric Manhattan socialite Holly Golightly in the film adaptation of Truman Capote's novel.