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Amy Winehouse possessions hit the auction block


NEW YORK – Nearly 800 of Amy Winehouse’s belongings, including the short dress the late British singer wore in her final concert, are up for auction.

The green and black dress, and a heart-shaped Moschino purse the Grammy Award winner was frequently photographed with, are each expected to fetch US$15,000 (S$20,300) to US$20,000.

Winehouse’s parents had decided it was the right time to let go of her personal and professional items, said Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions.

The singer died of alcohol poisoning at age 27 in July 2011. Her last show was in Belgrade a month earlier.

“It’s been a cathartic experience for them, but also a very emotional rollercoaster for parents to give up their daughter’s possessions,” Nolan said.

“But they know that these items were going to go to fans and collectors and museums and investors all over the world that will continue to appreciate them, enjoy them, showcase them.”

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The family wants to make sure all her fans have a chance to buy something, said Nolan, who has worked for two years to curate the sale.

Most of Winehouse’s dresses are conservatively priced at US$2,000-US$4,000. Opening bids for belts, perfume, shoes, ballet slippers, guitars and drum kits start as low as US$50-US$100.

Winehouse became a breakout artist worldwide with her unique look, her headline grabbing behaviour, and jazz-infused music.

She released two studio albums, Frank and Back to Black. She often spoke of battling alcohol and drug addiction.

Part 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 flourish.”

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The sale will take place in Beverly Hills on November, six to seven in person and online.



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