A word from Amanda and The Amy Winehouse Auction

Welcome to this week’s instalment of Amanda Zips It Up.

Lots happening right now, starting with Amy Winehouse’s auction and the premiere of (my much anticipated) movie House of Gucci. More of that in this instalment. Plus, it’s also Black Friday Sale time this month and I have some excellent bargains for you. Plus, the ultimate Christmas stocking filler for those who need a little help getting some extra beauty sleep, from my favourite Tropic range.

In other news, Amy Winehouse’s family has made millions from an auction of the late star’s memorabilia, which raked in $4million. Way more than forecast.

The auction saw the sale of 800 personal items from Amy Winehouse’s estate. At her final stage performance in Belgrade, Serbia, in June 2011, just a month before her death, Winehouse donned this figure-hugging green and black halter neck minidress, designed by her stylist Naomi Parry.

The famous bamboo and floral print dress was estimated to fetch between $14,500 and $19,500, but fetched a surprise $243,200.

Another item to go under the hammer was the singer’s heart-shaped Moschino bag that sold for a staggering $204,800. The bold bag was used by Amy at the 2007 Brit Awards, where she won the British female solo artist award.

Dolce and Gabbana floral golden lam dress worn by Amy during a stage performance in Blackpool in 2007 was expected to raise up to $6,700. But the gown, which features a fitted bodice with pleated trim, attracted 29 offers and eventually sold for $150,000.

Temperley London tan and black jumpsuit worn at a concert celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday in Hyde Park in 2008 was valued at just $2,000. But the iconic outfit sparked a bidding frenzy, attracting 37 offers, and eventually sold for $121,600.

Similarly, a figure-hugging plaid dress worn by Amy to the Meteor Ireland Music Awards 2007 in Dublin had only been tipped to fetch $4,000. But the strapless, silk size zero dress with a pleated satin trim sold for $93,750 after 27 bids.

A black mini dress worn by Amy to the South Bank Show Awards at London’s Savoy Hotel in 2007 was expected to earn $5,400 – but went for $83,200.

Christian Louboutin heels that Amy wore for the Mandela concert were valued at just $800 – but fetched $38,400.

And a turquoise silk Agent Provocateur bra worn by Amy in her ‘You Know I’m No Good’ music video was valued at $2,000 – but went for $25,600

Smaller personal items had starting prices as low as $100 but the level of demand from fans of the late music star and style icon sparked fierce bidding and soaring prices.

Two pairs of Amy’s trademark pink satin ballet pumps had an estimate of $600- but went for $19,200.

A striped size 8 bikini worn by Amy on the beach in Rio de Janeiro in 2011 had the same estimate – and went for $12,500.

She is a global icon, a fashion icon, loved all over the world.

‘We celebrate her singular talent and iconoclastic style in this collection of her most personal artefacts and wardrobe worn in her career-defining moments.’

Amy made music history by winning five Grammy Awards in a single night in 2008. She was found dead aged 27 in her flat in Camden, north London on July 23, 2011. An inquest later found that she died of alcohol poisoning.

The auction of over 800 personal items from her estate raised more than $4 million.

The collection will be sent to London for Amy: Beyond the Stage exhibition at London’s Design Museum from ­November 26.