Lady Gaga, never one to be outshone, has reportedly paid a staggering £85,250 (NZ$167,219) for an Alexander McQueen dress, propelling her once again into fashion history.
The Born This Way singer, who is currently on tour in Melbourne, bid for one-off pieces at an auction of McQueen rarities owned by British socialite and eccentric clothes horse, Daphne Guinness.
The record bid is believed to have been for an ivory silk tulle empire line gown from the late London designer's Fall/Winter 2008/2009 collection. It is among pieces that became instant collectors' items after McQueen's death in February 2010.
The lots, which included designer pieces by Chanel, Gareth Pugh, Lacroix, Prada and Gucci, sold for four times more than the original estimate and were handled by Christie's. The auction house saw fevered interest from international couture collectors and design and fashion institutions.
Though bidders from 21 countries did not fend off competition from Gaga for the record The Girl Who Lived In The Tree McQueen dress, it is not known who walked away with the design house's 2008 sculptural metallic silver mini dress, which sold for £79,250 (NZ$155,450).
As eye-watering as the prices for the frocks may have been, they pale in comparison to the top lot of the sale, a Mario Testino portrait of Guinness taken in 2008 for Vogue magazine.
The photograph sold for £133,250 (NZ$261,372), making a large dent in the total £467,800 (NZ$917,596) raised.
The funds will go towards the Isabella Blow Foundation, supporting emerging fashion talent. The late magazine editor, a very close friend to both Guinness and McQueen, killed herself in 2007.
Gaga has said in the past that she feels she is "cut from the same cloth" as both Guinness and Blow.
"Isabella and Daphne are two exceptional human beings, women, icons," she said in an interview. "Daphne, like Isabella, is a huge source of inspiration for me. I cherish them both."
Guinness, who bought Blow's entire wardrobe after her death so as to keep it from being split, said she was overwhelmed by the evening's success.
"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," reports PA.
"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."
-Sydney Morning Herald
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