A Royal Bulbgrowers' Association registration certificate, calligraphy ink on paper, dated 24th April [1990], Doorn, Huis Doorn, authorising the naming of the tulip Audrey Hepburn, signed in blue ink by Audrey Hepburn; together with a handwritten poem The Keeper Sheds a Tear by Renate Schneider Schanzleh and Lisa Stockschlader Silvestro, ink on paper, illustrated in watercolour by Gloria Eckhart
Certificate: 19¼ x 15 in. (48.8 x 38 cm.); poem: 16⅞ x 14⅞ in. (43 x 37.7 cm.)

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A new breed of white tulip, developed in Holland, was officially named in honour of Audrey Hepburn in a dedication ceremony at her ancestral home, Huis Doorn, Apeldoorn, as a tribute to her career and longtime work on behalf of UNICEF. In her speech, Audrey expressed her gratitude for the honour and dedicated the first tulip to her aunt Jacqueline. According to son Luca Dotti, Hepburn said it was the single most romantic thing to happen in her life.

Audrey Hepburn photographed signing the certificate (no. 12) :
Video of the ceremony is available online:
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