After Amy Winehouse died in July, we were certain her inimitable style -- the beehive, that eyeliner -- would live on forever in fashion magazines and runway inspirations.
But we had no idea that her dresses would stick around -- and for such a high price! CBS News reports that the white chiffon dress Winehouse wore on her "Back To Black" cover album sold at auction for 43,200 pounds, or about $67,500.
That's four times more than the predicted amount and a staggering sum for a single dress.
To put the number in perspective, Elizabeth Taylor's gold sari, which she wore when in 1964 as a newlywed to Richard Burton, sold for around 30,000 pounds.
(Incidentally, Winehouse once invoked Liz herself when shooting a Harper's Bazaar editorial. But she said she didn't want to look like her -- "She had purple eyes. That's weird.")
The "Back to Black" dress was designed in 2006 by Disaya, a graduate of London's famed Central Saint Martins fashion school who sold the dress to Kerry Taylor Auctions a few weeks ago.
The plan was to auction the dress then donate the proceeds to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which was established after the singer's death to benefit substance abusers, children and horses, the latter being one of Amy's passions.
After today's major sale, Mitch Winehouse, Amy's father, told the Telegraph:
"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 should say so. See the dress below and read more about the auction at Telegraph.co.uk.
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