It’s a cold and miserable February morning at Sotherby’s auction house where an eighteenth-century grandfather clock loudly tomes – in two hours time some of Amy Winehouse’s possessions are about to go under the hammer. An auctioneer ushers us into a back room where old pianos have been left to fester under dust-laden canvas sheets. The room has the atmosphere of a morgue and smells musty – the sky outside is grey, the light inside greyer still, giving the overall effect of a 1940s film-noir movie. Sitting by the window, looking out onto the street below, is Cheval de M’iroir smoking a cigarette from an elegant filtered holder – the type Patsy Stone (Joanna Lumley) would puff away on in Absolutely Fabulous. Continue reading
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