A house that belonged to the late singer Amy Winehouse will be auctioned, with a starting price £1 million ($1.59 million) less than when the house was initially placed on the market.
The singer’s father, Mitch Winehouse, listed the house for sale at £2.7 million in May, but he has since decided an auction would be a better way to sell the property that has become an attraction for the singer’s many fans, the Daily Mail reported.
The house, located on London's Camden Square, was the site of Winehouse’s death from alcohol poisoning in July of last year. Since then, people have visited the property in droves. The Winehouse family had hoped to use it as the headquarters for the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
The house has had a number of buyers whose eyes were bigger than their wallets. “Because of the nature of the house, there were quite a few offers from people who weren't in a position to buy,” a source told the London Evening Standard. “There were lots of nosey timewasters, and no progress was being made, so [the family] felt an auction would be the simplest way of selling the house. The auction will vet bidders and only allow people in who are in a position to buy.”
The 2,500-square-foot semidetached home boasts three bedrooms, one a master suite with a separate dressing room, as well as a soundproofed music room and large gym. It is protected by a state-of-the-art security system and electric gate, the Standard reported.
There will also soon be a plaque posted at the property noting that Winehouse once lived there.
The auction will take place the British Academy of Film and Television Arts headquarters on Dec. 3.
The auctioneer, Chris McHugh, said he has been asked not to promote the property as belonging to the late singer, but Gary Murphy, a partner at auctioneer Allsop, expects it will attract a lot of interest.
“At the moment, the whole world wants to buy into the top end of the London property market,” Murphy told the Standard. “Amy Winehouse’s home ticks all the boxes and should draw international interest, particularly from a handful of wealthy members of the entertainment industry who are currently investing heavily in property.”