The dress singer Amy Winehouse wore for her last performance will be auctioned this weekend in California, as part of a treasure trove of memorabilia from the soul diva’s life.
Winehouse wore the green and black bamboo print at a concert in Belgrade in 2011.
A month later, on July 23, she died of acute alcohol poisoning. She was 27 years old.
His tragic death was the culmination of a long – and often very public – struggle against alcohol and drugs.
The dress is the culmination of a collection of 800 items of personal effects, ranging from bras and DVDs to books and makeup that are sold by Winehouse’s parents, Mitch and Janis.
“It took a long time for them to come to terms and decide to let go,” said Martin Nolan of Julien’s auction house, which manages the sale.
“Of course there are fans, museums and collectors all over the world who will want to own some of these items, take care of them, show them in museums, keep their legacy and memory alive and at the same time raise funds. for the foundation, ”he added.
Proceeds will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which supports vulnerable young adults struggling with addiction.
Multi-Grammy Award-winning Winehouse, whose seminal and intensely moving 2006 album “Back to Black” is considered a modern classic, has spoken often of his personal experiences battling alcohol and drug addiction.
The short green and black dress designed by Naomi Parry is expected to sell for between $ 15,000 and $ 20,000.
“It’s very iconic. But all of these dresses represent Amy – a fantastic musician, songwriter, but also a fashion icon,” Nolan said.
Another highlight of the sale is the heart-shaped handbag custom-made for her by Moschino that Winehouse used at the 2007 Brit Awards.
The more than 400 page catalog compiled by Julien’s is an overview of the singer’s influences and career, but also of her distinctive retro style which has made her a fashion icon.
Most of the dresses she wore during her performances are worth between $ 5,000 and $ 7,000, while her earrings will start at $ 400. Her signature lipstick is expected to cost between $ 400 and $ 600.
The auction, in Beverly Hill, runs Saturday through Sunday and is expected to fetch around $ 2 million.
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