Amy Winehouse’s estate sues late star’s friends for £730k over items sold at auction | Ents & Arts News

Two friends of Amy Winehouse have been accused of making more than £730,000 by passing off some of the late singer’s belongings and selling them at auction.

Papers filed in the High Court say Naomi Parry and Catriona Gourlay sent “various items of personal property owned by Amy during her lifetime” for two auctions – i 2021 and this year.

By putting the items up for sale “in their own names and on their own behalf,” the papers said, the women “converted” the late artist’s estate “to their own use.”

An employee poses for photographs with a halter-neck dress by Dixiefried by Pinnup Couture, worn by British singer Amy Winehouse during a January 2011 performance in Brazil, and 2007 photographs of Amy Winehouse by Alex Lake, at Bonhams auction house in London , Monday 8 November 2021. Items will appear in separate London sales on 11 and 17 November.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A halter-neck dress, worn by Amy Winehouse, to be auctioned in 2021

The case, which was brought by the star’s father Mitch Winehouse, who is the administrator of his daughter’s estate, is seeking £534,192.90 in damages from Ms Parry and £198,041.07 from Ms Gourlay.

A statement, first issued by a spokesman for the Amy Winehouse Estate last month, said: “In 2021, Amy’s estate auctioned off items from her life and career, with 30% of the proceeds going to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

“Two people sold a number of items at that auction and have kept the proceeds: the items were all Amy-related.

“This year they have auctioned several Amy-related items, and combined the two auctions have generated six-figure sums for each.

“The estate has questioned how these items came into their possession and has not received satisfactory answers.

“The estate has therefore initiated a legal process to clarify the situation. The Amy Winehouse Foundation will directly benefit if money is recovered from one of the defendants.”

Amy Winehouse in 2007
Amy Winehouse in 2007

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Mrs Winehouse died in 2011 aged 27.

After two inquests, her cause of death was revealed to be accidental in the form of alcohol poisoning.

Her 2006 album Back To Black made her an international star and won five Grammys, including record of the year and song of the year for Rehab.

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