Amy Winehouse’s last residence in London has been sold for £1.98 million ($3.2 million). The semi-detached Camden Square property, where the singer’s body was discovered when she died in July 2011, went under the hammer on Monday (Dec. 3) and reportedly a couple in their 40s bought the property.
The house was originally put on the market for £2.9 million ($4.6 million), but with that price it failed to attract serious buyers on the real estate market. So, Amy’s father, Mitch Winehouse decided to lower the price and put it up for auction after being inundated with requests from fans to visit the property. He opted for McHugh and Co. at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) headquarters in the Piccadilly section of London, after multiple offers fell through.
“We had probably 50 to 100 viewings and we showed people around at all times of the day and night,” McHugh said.
Auctioneer Chris McHugh started the bidding at £1.7 million ($2.7 million), describing the house to potential buyers as a ‘substantial property in beautiful condition’, but it quickly surpassed the £1.8 million ($2.9 million). The auction catalogue had made no reference to the former owner of the property, but according to McHugh ”the word got out,” which caused a bidding war between five interested parties.
The 2,500-square-foot, four-story house, located in a ‘sought after residential area’ and overlooking Camden Square features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large dressing room, gym, cloakroom, underfloor heating, a large garden and a music room with specially made sound proofed walls.
Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning in age of just 27. After her death, his father, Mitch set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which aims to support charitable activities that provide help for young people who are suffering from addiction, ill health and disability or are homeless. Her family hoped to use the property as a headquarters for the foundation established in her name after her death, but the attention given to the house by her fans made it unfeasible.