Christie’s Daphne Guinness Sale

Multiple auction records for fashion designers were broken last night at the Daphne Guinness Christie’s auction in London. 102 lots were up for sale from the heiress’ famed fashion collection, some of which were included in her exhibition at the Museum at FIT late last year.  Proceeds from the auction benefited Guinness’ charity she founded in memory of her friend, fashion editor Isabella Blow. In total, the sale brought in $744,285, far surpassing the pre-sale estimate of about $155,000.  Giving up a few of her couture pieces was hard, Guinness said, as “Ninety-five percent of fashion is trend; these are works of art.”

Highlights of the sale included a photo of Guinness by Mario Testino for the March 2008 issue of British Vogue, which went for $208,000 – a record for a Testino image at auction. Dresses by Christian Lacroix and Alexander McQueen also set world record prices.  Lady Gaga showed her support for the foundation by adding a new item to her closet of avant-garde fashion ensembles. According to WWD, it was Gaga who purchased the record-breaking McQueen dress, an ivory silk tulle empire line gown from “The Girl Who Lived In The Tree” collection from autumn/winter 2008-09, for $133,075.

All items that were up for sale can be found on the Christie’s website, highlights below.

Mario Testino for British Vogue, March 2008

Metallic Silver Mini Dress by Alexander McQueen, 2008 (accompanied by photo of Guiness by Mat Collishaw for Harper’s Bazaar UK)

Ivory SIlk Tulle Empire Line Gown by Alexander McQueen, A/W 2008-9 (Purchased by Lady Gaga)

White Azzedine Alaia day dress, probably 2011

Black leather studded Alexander McQueen Boots, 2000s




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