MusiCares, the philanthropic partner of the Recording Academy, has partnered with the Amy Winehouse Foundation to auction off a rare photo of the late singer-songwriter as a non-fungible token (NFT), with all proceeds set to help the two charities support musicians struggling with mental health, addiction and substance abuse.
Taken by photographer Charles Moriarty, the photo NFT captures Winehouse in a phone booth in downtown New York City, and was animated in the style of a comic strip by visual artist Mark Palkoski. The NFT -- which comes with a limited-edition print of the original image signed by Moriarty -- is open for bidding on the NFT marketplace OpenSea now through May 30 at 7 p.m. EST, with the reserve price of 3 Ether (equivalent to about $10,147). As of Tuesday morning, no bids have yet been placed.
The Grammy-winning icon died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, having suffered from drug and alcohol addiction for much of her life. The Amy Winehouse Foundation was set up by her family that September to help young people make informed choices about drugs and alcohol.