Nearly 800 of Amy Winehouse’s belongings, including the short dress the late 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 $15,000-$20,000 (€13,000-€17,000). 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.
“It’s been a cathartic experience for them, but also a very emotional rollercoaster for parents to give up their daughter’s possessions,” Mr 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.”
The family wants to make sure all her fans have a chance to buy something, said Mr Nolan.
Most of Winehouse’s dresses are priced at $2,000-$4,000 (€1,700-€3,400). Opening bids for belts, perfume, shoes, ballet slippers, guitars and drum kits start as low as $50-$100 (€43-€85).
Londoner Winehouse, who had a distinctive jazz-infused vocal style, released two studio albums, Frank (2003) and Back to Black (2006).
She often spoke of battling alcohol and drug addiction.
Part of the proceeds will fund the Amy Winehouse Foundation to support young people.
The sale will take place in Beverly Hills on November 6-7. Bids can be made in person or online.