June 15, 2010 01:00 PM

Richard Young/Rex USA

Potential bidders at the planned auction of the late Isabella Blow’s iconic wardrobe can scratch the September 15 event off their to-do list. The sale was called off Monday when the unparalleled lot–which included over 90 outfits by the late Alexander McQueen, more than 50 hats by Philip Treacy, and original photographs by famed lensmen like Mario Testino, Steven Meisel and David Lachapelle–was scooped up in a private sale, according to Christie’s London. The buyer, revealed in Monday’s New York Times as art and fashion collector Daphne Guinness, aims to keep the collection intact. “It’s Issy — it’s her DNA — it should not be scattered to the four winds,” Guinness told The Times. “I want it to remain as a monument.” The British auction house, while confirming the private sale in a statement, declined to name Guinness as the buyer saying only that “the planned public auction in September will no longer take place. The buyer wishes to remain private but is committed to keeping the Collection together.” –Marissa Patlingrao Cooley

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