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Sunday 20 April 2014

Former home of Amy Winehouse sells for over €2m

THE Camden house where Amy Winehouse was found dead from alcohol poisoning last year has been sold at auction for over €2m.

The auctioneer McHugh & Co sold the semi-detached house, described as a “spacious well-planned accommodation arranged on four floors”, for £1.98 million, just above the list price of £1.8 million.



Four bidders contested the property at the sale, held at the headquarters of Bafta in Piccadilly.



The catalogue listing made no mention of the property’s illustrious former resident or her death.



The body of the musician was found dead in the home, overlooking Camden Square, in July 2011. Her body had an alcohol content at more than five times the drink-drive limit.



Fans turned the square into temporary shrine in the days following the Rehab singer’s death, aged 27.



Ms Winehouse’s family initially placed the three-bedroom house on the market for £2.7 million. But after a number of offers fell through due to lack of funds, the house was put up for auction to deter timewasters and ensure that a potential purchaser had the required money.



The listing for the “vacant freehold house” noted that it possessed a “music room with sound-proofed walls”, a rear garden with plants and a large sun-patio and a security system with electrically-operated gate access to the front garden.



The Winehouse home is not the only property boasting a notorious former occupant to be sold. Jimmy Savile’s penthouse flat in Leeds, where the disgraced entertainer died last year, has been sold, according to local reports.



The flat was placed on the market before the sex abuse claims that destroyed Savile’s reputation. But it is believed that an offer has now been accepted for the property, listed on the website of Leeds-based Alan Cooke Estate Agents, for £325,000.



The listing said the property enjoys a “magnificent outlook” over Roundhay Park but also warns it is “ripe for improvement”.



Savile bought the home in the 70s and regularly invited interviewers, including the BBC’s Louis Theroux, to film him at his residence, where he was surrounded by mementoes of his career. The broadcaster was found dead in the penthouse days before his 85th birthday.



The proceeds from the sale had been intended for the Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust, which has been dissolved following the claims.



A cottage in Glencoe, Scotland, which Savile also owned, was vandalised after the allegations against him emerged in October.

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