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LONDON — Christie’s has called off the planned September auction of the late Isabella Blow’s wardrobe after a private buyer, thought to be Daphne Guinness, bought the lot.
The auction house said Monday the collection, which includes designs by Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Giles Deacon, Hussein Chalayan, Manolo Blahnik and Philip Treacy would remain intact, as per the wishes of the buyer.
A well-placed industry source said it was Guinness, a close friend and distant relative of Blow’s, who purchased the collection. Guinness could not be reached for comment Monday.
“The reaction to news of the Isabella Blow collection has been a tribute to the dedication and style of a true fashion muse,” said Patricia Frost, Christie’s director, vintage fashion and textiles.
“The executors are delighted that their sister’s estate can now be settled, and are very confident the collection has found the perfect home,” she added.
A Christie’s spokeswoman declined to confirm the sale price of the collection.
The sale was to be held on September 15 at Christie’s South Kensington. The collection includes more than 50 Treacy hats and 90 outfits. It also features portraits of Blow by photographers such as Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, David LaChapelle and Karl Lagerfeld.
Blow’s sisters had put the collection up for sale in order to settle debts on her estate. The fashion stylist and muse committed suicide in May 2007 after years of battling depression.
A coffee-table book that was to be a companion to the sale will be published by Thames & Hudson in September.