Winehouse’s “Back to Black” Dress Auctioned for Over $70,000

The strapless printed chiffon dress that Amy Winehouse wore on the cover of her debut album Back to Black has sold at auction this week for 43,200 pounds sterling, or 70,440 U.S. dollars. The dress by Thai designer Disaya Sorakraikitikul was auctioned off this past Tuesday at London’s Kerry Taylor Auctions house and the winning bid was placed by The Fundacion Museo De La Moda, a fashion museum located in Chile where the dress will be put on display sometime next year. All proceeds from the auction will be going to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, a non-profit set-up by Winehouse’s family after the young singers tragic death that is dedicated to helping disadvantaged youth, particularly those with substance abuse problems. Amy was found dead in her North London apartment on July 23rd of this year, the coroner’s report lists the cause of death as accidental alcohol poisoning, she was 27-years old.

Disaya Sorakraikitikul is a graduation of the prestigious Central Saint Martins school of design in Paris, who is currently based out of a design studio in Thailand. The dress was loaned to Winehouse’s stylist Amy Winwood back in 2006 for use on the album cover and has since been stored in Mr. Sorakraikitikul’s personal archive. Mr. Sorakraikitikul donated the dress to be auctioned through the Passion for Fashion charity sale that went on in London this week at the request of Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse.

“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, ” Mr. Winehouse announced after the auction. He went on to say that he and the rest of the Winehouse family behind the Amy Winehouse Foundation were “off to visit a homeless charity in Euston tomorrow and so the money will go to a good cause straight away.”

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