Amy Winehouse’s Items Raise Millions At Auction
Amy Winehouse’s final performance dress has been sold for over $243,000 (£180,000) in an auction of items from her estate on Sunday.
More than 800 of Amy Winehouse’s dresses, shoes, jewellery and accessories were auctioned off over the weekend, raking in $4million according to Julien’s Auctions.
The auction’s biggest seller was the dress worn by the singer during her final stage performance at the 2011 Summer Festival tour, a month before her death. The singer had worn the “custom-made figure-hugging halter mini dress with a bamboo and floral print on silk incorporated into a Spanx dress” during her final stage performance in Belgrade in June 2011,
The dress designed by Winehouse’s designer and stylist, Naomi Parry, was sold for $243,200, 16 times its original estimate of $15,000.
Another popular item at the auction was a Moschino custom-made red leather heart-shaped purse used by Winehouse at the 2007 Brit Awards, which sold for $204,800, 13 times its original estimate of $15,000.
Other items sold at the auction included a floral gold lamé D&G stage-worn dress ($150,000), a Temperly London tan and black jumpsuit worn at a Sunday Times 2008 portrait shoot and the 46664 Concert performance honouring Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday in Hyde Park, London ($121,600), a skirt she wore (sold for $11,250) and her Christian Louboutin tan peep-toe heels worn at the same performance and to her father’s 60th birthday party at Trent Park Golf Course in November 2009 and to London’s The Horse and Hound Pub in August 2010 ($38,400).
Proceeds from the auction held in Beverly Hills will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation set up by the singer’s parents to help young people with addiction issues.
Amy Winehouse died at 27 from alcohol poisoning at her home in Camden, north London, in July 2011. Even after her death, she remains one of the defining stars of her generation known for her soulful voice and songs, including Rehab, Back To Black, and Love Is A Losing Game.