THE ICONIC dress worn by Amy Winehouse on the cover of “Back to Black” sold for £43,200 in Kerry Taylor Auctions Passion for Fashion Auction in London. It was bought by Fundacion Museo De La Moda in Chile, after competition between several phone bidders and a bidder in the room. Designed in 2006 by young Thai-based designer called Disaya – who trained at Central St Martins, the dress was returned after the shoot to her and carefully stored away in her archive. Disaya had flown to the UK to attend the auction and was thrilled with the result. She donated the proceeds from today’s sale to the Amy Winehouse Foundation – which has been set up to help vulnerable young people. Amy’s father Mitch attended the sale and commented afterwards: “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 in Euston (London) tomorrow and so the money will go to a good cause straight away.” The auction included several other highly important lots, which also performed well. The famous ‘Sari dress’ designed by Cristobal Balenciaga for Elizabeth Taylor dating from when she and Richard Burton were still relative newly-weds in 1964 sold for £31,200. Elizabeth Taylor was photographed wearing in the company of her new husband when they attended the premiere of the New Review Lido in Paris in December 1964. The sale also had quite a few items with a Royal connection. Two historically important lots relating to the wedding of Lady Diana Spencer to Prince Charles in July 1981 included the duplicate bridal shoes, designed and made by Clive Shilton, fitted to and worn by Princess Diana in 1981 realised £36,000 and were bought by a private buyer. While the Emanuel replica of H.R.H. Princess Diana’s bridal gown and related accessories, dating from 1981 and specially commissioned at Princess Diana’s request for Madame Tussauds sold for £48,000 and was also bought by the Fundacion Museo De La Moda in Chile.Auctioneer and specialist-in-charge, Kerry Taylor, said: “This sale demonstrates that even in these difficult economic times that the appetite for fine haute couture is undiminished and we are already looking forward to our next auction in February.”
The entire sale made just over £625,000, with the highest price being paid for an Alexander McQueen black velvet and bugle beaded evening gown ‘In memory of Elizabeth Howe, Salem, 1692’, from the Autumn/ Winter Collection 2007 which sold for a staggering 16 times it’s top estimate for £78,000 to a bidder in the room. It was estimated at £3,000-5,000.
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