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A glimpse of photographer Bill Cunningham from the documentary "Bill Cunningham New York."
While most know Bill Cunningham for his incredible work as a photographer, those who've seen the "Bill Cunningham New York" documentary may recall that he actually started off in the city as a milliner. Now, some of his creations from the '50s and '60s are going up for auction, giving the photographer's fans a rare chance to snap up one of his hats.
Starting Wednesday, 23 of his hats -- which were sold under the name "William J" -- will go on auction at 1stdibs.com through a partnership with Katy Kane, a vintage dealer. According to WWD, Kane got the hats from a family friend of Cunningham's who was quite the collector of William J hats.
For a glimpse of some of Cunningham's hats, take a look at this video that The New York Times put together highlighting some of the photographer's playful creations, which range from a clam shell hat to feathery toppers. Even Cunningham admits that he didn't make a lot of money off the hats because, he said, "Everything I did was a little too exotic -- you know, for normal people."
At this point, we can imagine more than a few fashion fans with tastes that run slightly outside the realm of "normal" who will eagerly snap up these fanciful creations.