You might dispose of old designer clothes by dropping them off at a consignment store—or forgetting all about them until a future brainstorm compels you to hack them into a Halloween costume. Daphne Guinness, on the other hand, unloads her worn-once-if-at-all goods by holding a charity auction at Christie's of London.
Benefitting the Isabella Blow Foundation, which the heiress founded to support emerging designers and artists, the 102-lot auction on Wednesday raised a grand total of $744,285, smashing all estimates and breaking three records. One of those records was the sale of a Mario Testino portrait of Guinness that appeared in British Vogue, and another, a Christian Lacroix white lace dress with black matador jacket. Other items in the auction included Chanel, Balenciaga, Narciso Rodriguez and Noritaka Tatehana boots.
So who plunked down the most and, with it, the biggest record? Lady Gaga, who, by phone, proffered the winning bid of $133,075 for this bejeweled silk-tulle McQueen gown from the Girl Who Lived in the Tree collection from 2008. Apparently having the word's record number of Twitter followers isn't enough for some people.