Dress Worn By Amy Winehouse During Her Final Show Sold For $ 243,200 At Auction
The dress worn by the famous singer Amy Winehouse during her final show was sold for $ 243,200, 16 times the estimated value, at an auction in California.
Amy Winehouse wore this bamboo and floral print dress to a concert in Belgrade in June 2011. One month later, on July 23, Amy Winehouse died at her home in Camden, in northern London, allegedly from accidental alcohol poisoning when she resumed drinking after a period of abstinence. She was 27 years old and had struggled with alcohol and drug addiction for a while.
This dress was the most valuable item out of a collection of 800 items - including clothing, handwritten notes, accessories, books, and DVDs - that belonged to the artist and that were put up for auction by her parents, Mitch and Janis.
About $ 4 million was raised at the end of the sale organized on Saturday and Sunday by the auction house Julien's Auctions, according to Agerpres.
A heart-shaped Moschino handbag that Winehouse wore to the Brit Awards in 2007, when she won the award for best British singer, was sold for $ 204,800, 13 times the estimated value. Other dresses that belonged to the singer were sold at prices between 12,500 and 150,000 dollars.
All proceeds from the "Life and Career of Amy Winehouse" auction are directed to the foundation that the singer's parents set up for the benefit of young people with addictions.
Amy Winehouse Died At 27
Known for her deep, expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres, including soul, rhythm, and blues, and jazz, Amy Winehouse tragically died at 27 years old.
She was found dead by paramedics, fully clothed, with a laptop on her bed and empty bottles of vodka on the floor. The inquests stated that Winehouse had 416mg of alcohol per decilitre in her blood, enough to make her comatose and depress her respiratory system.
"She voluntarily consumed alcohol, a deliberate act that took an unexpected turn in that it caused her death," Dr. Shirley Radcliffe, the St Pancras coroner, said.
The inquest heard a statement from Winehouse's GP, Dr. Christina Romete, who said Winehouse had been battling her alcohol addiction but had repeatedly refused psychiatric help because she thought it would affect her creativity and had repeatedly lapsed into drinking binges following dry periods. She described the singer as single-minded and intelligent.
Stars Who Died At 27
A lot of celebrities seem to die at the age of 27. Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morrison all died at the age of 27 between 1969 and 1971.
After Kurt Cobain's 1994 death, at age 27, that the idea of a "27 Club" began to catch on in public perception.
In the past few years, the term has grown to encompass more artists, like Anton Yelchin and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jonathan Brandis (made a teen idol by the 1990 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King's "IT", he died by suicide), Richey Edwards, the rhythm guitarist of Manic Street Preacher (he disappeared on February 1, 1995. Two weeks later, his car was found near the Severn Bridge).