Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black album cover dress sells for quadruple the estimate at auction
The dress the late singer Amy Winehouse wore on the cover of her smash hit Back to Black album has sold for more than £40,000 at auction.
The strapless white printed chiffon dress went under the hammer in London yesterday and fetched a whopping £43,200 – more than four times its estimate.
The dress was created by the Thailand-born Central St Martins-trained designer Disaya, and was lent to Amy for the photoshoot for the cover of her critically-acclaimed 2006 album Back to Black, which went on to become a global smash.
The red polka dot number was bought by the South American fashion museum, Fundacion Museo De La Moda, in Chile after a telephone bidding war at auctioneers Kerry Taylor. All proceeds of sale are going to the Amy Winehouse Foundation – a charity set up by her father Mitch in her memory.
Mitch, who was at the auction yesterday, said: ‘I can’t put into words how grateful I am to Kerry and Disaya for their support and hard work. We are just over the moon and this is a wonderful start to the foundation. We are off to visit a homeless charity tomorrow and so the money will go to a good cause straight away.’
The foundation has already raised thousands of pounds, and made donations to several children’s charities. What’s more, a new album of unreleased tracks performed by the singer, called Lioness: Hidden Treasures, is released on Monday with £1 from each album sold going to the foundation.
Amy Winehouse tragically died in July this year through alcohol poisoning following a long battle with drink and drugs.