The dress worn by late soul stirrer Amy Winehouse on the cover of her critically-acclaimed 2006 album, Back to Black, was sold for $67,000 -- a whopping four times its estimated price -- at an auction in London on Tuesday.
"In my opinion, what makes this particular dress so special is that it is an emblematic reminder of the magic voice and sublime talent of Amy Winehouse -- a sound that resonates with an entire generation, and always will," fashion auctioneer Kerry Taylor, who organized the auction, said ahead of the sale.
The white, strapless, printed chiffon dress was snapped up by Fundacion Museo De La Moda, a Chile-based fashion museum. The dress was designed in 2006 by Central Saint Martins' graduate Disaya Sorakraikitikul. Following the singer's death, the Thailand-based designer decided to auction the dress, which was returned after the album cover was shot five years ago.
All proceeds from the sale of the design will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation, a charity set by Amy's parents following her death to help troubled youths, according to Amy's dad, Mitch Winehouse, who attended yesterday's event.
"I can't put into words how grateful I am to Kerry and Disaya for their support and hard work," former taxicab driver, Winehouse, remarked. "We are just over the moon, and this is a wonderful start to the foundation. We are off to visit a homeless charity in Euston tomorrow and so the money will go to a good cause straight away."
Winehouse, 27, was found dead in her Camden apartment in July. An October inquest into her death concluded that the Grammy winner was five times the legal alcohol limit at the time of her death. She ultimately succumbed to alcohol poisoning, officials said.
Back to Black, which features the chart-toppers "Rehab" and "Me and Mr. Jones," has sold over 3 million copies since its release. Amy's posthumous LP, Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, will be released on Dec. 5, featuring 12 tracks, including three covers and a number of previously unreleased tracks.
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