Lady Gaga grabs Alexander McQueen's Armadillo boots
Three pairs of iconic Armadillo boots created by the late designer Alexander McQueen have sold for almost $300,000 at Christie's.
The remarkable shoes had originally been designed by McQueen for his 2010 Spring/Summer collection entitled Plato's Atlantis, the last full collection he produced before his death in February 2010.
The collection, regarded as one of his finest achievements, featured microscopically-detailed animal prints and combined McQueen fascination with nature with ideas about evolution and global warming.
Just 21 pairs of the boots were ever created, with the majority made solely for the catwalk, and a handful of pairs for McQueen's close friends. "The world needs fantasy, not reality," McQueen himself stated whilst describing the boots. "We have enough reality today."
Lady Gaga certainly agreed with that sentiment, and wore a pair of the boots in the video for her 2009 single Bad Romance – marking the first time they had been seen by the public.
Earlier this year the House of McQueen teamed up with Christie's to sell three exclusively-made pairs of the boots, with all proceeds from the auction donated to UNICEF.
The three pairs of boots were then offered in an online-only auction, where they were expected to fetch a combined total of $15,000. However, by the end of the sale they had soared to a combined final price of $295,000.
Lady Gaga was later revealed as the proud new owner of all three pairs when she posted images of herself wearing them to her Instagram account, along with the motto "Long live McQueen".
Gaga is a well-known collector of the designer's creations. In 2012 she set a new record price for a McQueen design, when she purchased a dress from his 2008 'Girl Who Lived In A Tree' collection at Christie's for $133,075.
(Image: Instagram/Lady Gaga)
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