Nearly 800 Amy Winehouse items, including the short dress the late British singer wore to her last concert, are up for auction.
The green and black dress and a heart-shaped Moschino handbag that the Grammy Award winner has often been photographed in are expected to fetch $ 15,000 to $ 20,000 each.
Winehouse’s parents had decided it was the right time to get rid of his personal and work items, said Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions. The singer died of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27 in July 2011. Her last performance had taken place in Belgrade a month earlier.
Accessories such as earrings, heart-shaped sunglasses and a handbag are among the items being auctioned. Credit: Timothy A. Clary / AFP / Getty Images
“It was a cathartic experience for them, but also a very moving roller coaster for parents to let go of their daughter’s belongings,” Nolan said.
“But they know that these objects were going to be for fans, collectors, museums and investors around the world who will continue to appreciate them, to appreciate them, to present them.”
The family want to make sure all of their fans have a chance to buy something, said Nolan, who worked for two years to organize the sale.
The red-hearted Moschino bag that Winehouse took to the 2007 Brit Awards is about to be auctioned off. Credit: Jon Furniss / WireImage / Getty Images
Most of Winehouse’s dresses are conservatively priced at $ 2,000 to $ 4,000. Opening auctions for belts, perfumes, shoes, ballet shoes, guitars and drum kits start between $ 50 and $ 100.
Winehouse has become a staple artist around the world with her unique looks, striking demeanor, and jazz-infused music. She released two studio albums, “Frank” and “Back to Black”.
She often spoke of fighting alcoholism and drug addiction.
A selection of dresses by Amy Winehouse, seen at the public exhibition of “Property From The Life And Career Of Amy Winehouse” by Julien’s Auctions. Credit: Timothy A. Clary / AFP / Getty Images
A portion of the proceeds will fund the Amy Winehouse Foundation which aims “to inspire children and young people to build their self-esteem and resilience, so they can thrive.”
The sale will take place in Beverly Hills on November 6 and 7 in person and online.