One Person Bought All of Bill Cunningham's Hats for $20,000; Plans to Donate Them to a Museum

Last week, 23 hats created by New York Times style photographer Bill Cunningham, all that remains from his former career as a milliner, went on sale a
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Last week, 23 hats created by New York Times style photographer Bill Cunningham, all that remains from his former career as a milliner, went on sale a
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Last week, 23 hats created by New York Times style photographer Bill Cunningham, all that remains from his former career as a milliner, went on sale at 1stdibs.com through a vintage fashion dealer.

We figured the hats--which Cunningham designed in the '50s under the moniker William J--would sell quickly given how rare and special they are, and we were right. They sold out in only 10 minutes, setting a new record for the site, reports WWD.

That's because someone pulled a Daphne Guinness and bought all 23 pieces for about $20,000 in total. While the buyer's name is unknown, she's apparently an arts patron and a friend of Bill Cunningham's. And not just some greedy lady who wanted them all for herself--she plans to donate all of the hats to a New York City art museum in Cunningham's name.

The recent Carnegie winner saw millinery as an art rather than a way to make money, and we think these whimsical, sculpture-like creations belong on display. Click through to see all 23 hats.

Photos: 1stdibs.com