The auction of the Daphne Guinness Collection made £476,800 at Christie’s, South Kensington, on June 27. This was four times the pre-sale estimate. Sold to benefit the Isabella Blow Foundation the auction offered 102 lots, including a selection of dresses, coats, skirts, tops and jackets belonging to Daphne Guinness, as well as selected photographs and her signature shoes. The top lot was a photograph by Mario Testino for British Vogue. It made £133,250, a new world record price for the photographer at auction.
The top dress was an ivory silk tulle empire line gown, The Girl Who Lived In The Tree by Alexander McQueen, Autumn/Winter 2008-9. Sold with a photograph by Mat Collishaw for Harper’s Bazaar UK, May 2012, it made a world record price for the designer at auction of £85,250. There was a record at auction for designer Christian Lacroix whose Spanish style white lace dress with black matador jacket made £16,250. Images courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2012. Click on either one to enlarge it.
(See post on antiquesandartireland.com for June 11, 2012).