Back in the 1950s before Bill Cunningham
started bicycling around the streets of New York shooting street style and society photos, the legendary photographer designed hats under the name William J
. Last week the 23 headpieces that remain from his millinery career went on the auction block and, as WWD reports
, one person purchased the whole lot for $20,000. Reportedly the buyer (whose name has not yet been released) is a friend of Cunningham's and plans to donate them to a New York City museum in his name. Check out his fanciful designs above.
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