Daphne Guinness put 102 lots from her unique, designer-filled wardrobe up for sale to benefit the Isabella Blow Foundation in memory of her late fashion editor friend.
The top lot of the sale was “Daphne Guinness”, a portrait taken by fashion photographer Mario Testino for British Vogue in 2008 which sold for £133,250, setting a new world record.
An Alexander McQueen ivory, empire-line gown along with a photograph by Mat Collishaw of Guinness wearing the dress featured in UK Harper’s Bazaar magazine earlier this year fetched £85,250.
“As I watched the auction from invisible wings this evening, I crossed my fingers and toes” said Guinness on the auction.
Another world record breaking sale came from piece from the now defunct Christian Lacroix label. The Spanish-style white lace dress with black matador jacket was bought by a private bidder in the US for £16,250.
Guinness was helped by Christie’s specialists in picking pieces from her wardrobe which best embodied her personal style with the aim of raising funds to continue the work of Blow in supporting new and emerging fashion and art talent.
Guinness said she was “overwhelmed” by the response to the auction, which was estimated to raise in the region of £100,000.
Lady Gaga was a successful bidder, although what she won remains undisclosed.
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