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What was once a simple, cute dress has turned into a $68,000 museum display.
The Huffington Post reported a strapless, striped, chiffon dress worn by the late Amy Winehouse on the cover of her Back to Black album was put up for auction on Tuesday.
The minimum auction price was about $56,500 and in the end it was bought for $68,000 by Museo de la Moda, a museum in Santiago, Chile.
The auction was organized by Kerry Taylor Auctions in London.
According to Reuters, the dress was designed by Disaya, and all proceeds went to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which was created by Amy's father, Mitch.
The foundation serves to help young people who are battling disease, poverty or addiction. The cause is very personal to Mitch, whose daughter passed away from high levels of alcohol in July and battled several bouts of drug and alcohol addiction before.
An Edith Head-designed ivory lace gown was also sold at the auction. A modified version of the gown was worn by Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday.
The dress went for almost $100,000. The total earnings from the auction came out to a little under $132,000, including premium.
"This sale demonstrates that even in these difficult economic times, the appetite for haute couture is undiminished and we are already looking forward to our next auction in February," said Kerry Taylor, who specializes in vintage couture.
We wish we could afford us some high-end vintage duds.