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A handwritten lyric relic of one Amy Winehouse‘s most endearing Back to Black ballads, “Love is a Losing Game,” written to her then husband Blake Fielder-Civil while he was in prison, signed “Amy [heart sign]‘s Blake,” was set to go under the hammer at London’s infamous auction house, Bonhams, sometime this year, but was pulled amid an ownership tiff with the Winehouse family.

Grouped with a love letter written on a Peanuts card with an allusion to a future song in a salutation, “Our Day Will Come,” the two pieces were expected to fetch upwards of £7000 ($11,200) together, reports The New Zealand Herald, but combined with the ambiguity of the “friend” that the they were eventually given to, and Fielder-Civil’s mother claiming that neither herself or her son are involved with the sale, the Winehouse family sought to block them.

“Though I’m rather blind/Love is a fate resigned/Memories mar my mind/Love is a fate resigned,” simmers the 27-club tragic starlet in the second-to-last verse of arguably the most poetic archive of just how contentious her relationship with Fielder-Civil was. The two would eventually divorce, Winehouse of course losing a battle to alcoholism.

Photo: Camden New Journal

Photo: Camden New Journal