Since it was announced that Daphne Guinness would be putting her incredible wardrobe under the hammer, we knew it would fetch a few fair quid - and today, we have the total sum made at the Christie’s auction last night. So how does £476,800 sound? That's almost FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND POUNDS! Pretty impressive, no?
We shouldn't be surprised the result far-exceeded the pre-sale estimate of £100,000 considering the auction offered a veritable treasure trove of delights that included 102 pieces. We're talking Alexander McQueen gowns, Lacroix stunners, Chanel numbers and mega heels direct from Lady Guinness' personal wardrobe. The auction raised funds for The Isabella Blow Foundation, set up by Daphne in memory of her friend to continue her work in supporting emerging fashion talent.
So which lot made the most? None other than a photograph of Daphers taken by Mario Testino for British Vogue in March 2008 which went for a whooping £133,250, setting a new world record price for the legendary snapper at auction. As for the top dress that sold, this ivory silk tulle empire line gown from Alexander McQueen's Autumn/Winter 2008 collection sold for £85,250. Gosh! All the McQueen dresses sold surpassed the previous world record price for the Brit brand at auction.
'As I watched the auction from invisible wings this evening, I crossed my fingers and toes,' says Daphne. 'This cause is close to my heart. I am genuinely touched by the response it has generated, and truly excited for the future of The Isabella Blow Foundation. I’m overwhelmed by how many bidders took part this evening and I’m particularly moved by Lady Gaga’s support for the Foundation. I like her very much, and it’s lovely to see the nascent beginnings of something that may help other people.'
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