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TWO of Amy Winehouse’s dresses worth £130,000 have been stolen from the house where she died.
Her wedding dress and a cocktail frock she wore on TV were swiped from the home in Camden, North London, that fans turned into a shrine. Dad Mitch said: “It’s a blow.”
The frocks were due to be auctioned to raise cash for the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
Mitch, 60, said: “It’s sickening that someone would steal something in the knowledge of its sentimental value.”
Thieves took the white anchor-pattern cotton dress Amy wore when she wed junkie Blake Fielder-Civil in Miami in 2006.
They also took a newsprint cocktail dress she wore on Jools Holland’s BBC music show Later the same year.
The dresses had been set aside for auction in New York later this year to raise money for the charity set up in her name after her death in July 2011 aged 27.
The wedding dress was expected to raise £100,000 and the TV dress £30,000.
They were among items of Amy memorabilia being catalogued at the house in Camden, North London, where she died — and which was turned into a shrine by fans.
The fact other expensive dresses were ignored raises the suspicion the two items were stolen to order.
Mitch said: “The house in Camden is being sold so all of her possessions have been tagged, numbered and logged in preparation of storage.
“There was a window of about two days while that process was underway when the dresses could have been taken.
“A few people were involved and there was some coming and going.
“We’re going through everything else to see what else, if anything, has been lifted.
“We are all baffled as to why some of her designer dresses didn’t go too. There were a couple from Dolce & Gabbana worth a fortune.
“Her wedding dress was only a little cotton thing, a hundred quid at best in the shops. Whoever nicked it realised its significance and knew it had an extra value.”
In the past year the Amy Winehouse Foundation has raised well over £1million.
Cash goes to children’s hospices and funds drug counsellors to help addicts battle the demons Amy had to confront.