In her later years, Audrey Hepburn focused less on acting and more on her role as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF (via Biography). After a trip to Somalia, she was diagnosed with colon cancer (per LiveAbout). On January 20, 1993, 63-year-old Hepburn died from the disease. She was survived by her two sons, half brothers Sean and Luca. Celebrity Net Worth reports that Hepburn was worth $55 million at the time of her death. According to The Law Offices of DuPont & Blumenstiel, a handwritten will from Hepburn stated that her two sons would inherit 50/50 of her estate. This included a Los Angeles storage locker full of mementos and memorabilia.
However, Hepburn failed to specify who would get what. The brothers later asked a judge to help them divide the items. When they signed a deal with Christie’s Auction House, a legal battle ensued. Per the Daily Mail, they settled the matter in 2015. Sean and Luca split the items into three categories: pieces to be given to the auction house, items they would each keep, and items they already had in their possession. Moreover, they would split the profits and any unsold items from the auction equally. Other issues about Hepburn’s estate are reportedly still ongoing.