Fashion icon and socialite, Daphne Guinness hosted an auction at Christie's in London last night June 27 in hopes to raise £100,000 ( about $160,000) for her charity, the Isabella Blow Foundation. Bidders paid almost half a million pounds for Guinness' fashion treasures from her personal collections. The event raised more than expected due to two items being sold for record breaking amounts, one item being sold to Gaga.
According to the Telegraph:
"Another world record price was set for British label Alexander McQueen: an ivory, empire-line gown along with a photograph by Mat Collishaw of Guinness wearing the dress featured in UK Harper's Bazaarmagazine earlier this year fetched £85,250 - far higher than the £15,000-20,000 estimate."
It was later confirmed that it was Gaga who made the big purchase. Daphne expressed her gratitude by tweeting, "THANK YOU my friend Lady Gaga. You are a real person. and a great one! Your proof of friendship, your time was very touching XXXX."
The other purchase that highlighted the night was a portrait of Guinness taken by fashion photographer Mario Testino for British Vogue in 2008 which was bought for £133,250 - setting a new world record price for Testino as well.
Isabella Blow was a style icon who committed suicide in 2007. Her own massive fashion collections were bought entirely by Guinness to settle debts on her estate.
The avant garde musician looks to both Guinness and Blow for her style inspirations. She has previously said in an interview, ""Isabella and Daphne are two exceptional human beings, women, icons. [...] Daphne, like Isabella, is a huge source of inspiration for me. I cherish them both. It is as if we are all cut from the same cloth."
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