For Sale: Gianni Versace’s Miami Mansion

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If you just happen to have at least $40 million hanging around, you have a chance to become the next owner of the famed Versace mansion in Miami Beach! The magnificent “home,” also known as Casa Casuarina, will be going up for auction on September 17th of this year (a little more than a month to go – should be enough time for you to get that cash together!).

Gianni Versace purchased the 23,000-square-foot estate in 1992 for the paltry sum of $2.9 million, added $33 million worth of renovations, and was famously murdered on its front steps five years later. In those five years, Gianni resided in the sumptuous mansion, hosting the rich and famous from all over the world (including Princess Diana, Madonna, and Sylvester Stallone). Two years after Versace’s death, the house was sold (for $19 million) to telecom mogul Peter Loftin, who converted it to a small boutique hotel.

Today, you can own the house too – all you need is $3 million in escrow and proof that you possess $40 million in order to bid (bidding starts at $25 million)! It’s a steal of a deal, considering the fact that the mansion was originally listed at $125 million, then reduced to $75 million. Oh, and you may be competing with David and Victoria Beckham, who are rumored to be considering the purchase.

Don’t have that kind of money? Slacker. Well, you’ll just have to be satisfied with a pictorial tour and some interesting facts about the Versace mansion!

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Versace mansion exterior
overhead view
The estate from above

The oceanfront villa is the only private estate on Miami Beach’s bustling Ocean Drive.

It has ten intricately themed bedrooms:

moroccan room
Moroccan Room
wedgwood suite
Wedgwood Suite

 

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Bedroom
South Beach Fl Master Bedroom Of The Versace Mansion In South Beach
Master bedroom
sitting room in bedroom
En-suite sitting room
safari suite
Safari Suite
la mer suite
La Mer Suite
italian suite
Italian Suite
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Bedroom with sitting room

Eleven bathrooms, including a six-person shower and only one tub (Donatella preferred showers):

moroccan room shower
Moroccan Room shower
Travel Trip Versace Museum
Marble toilet

The marble toilet, installed by current owner Peter Loftin, cost approximately $10,000 and is reportedly one of only three in the world.

The famed pool is the subject of much discussion due to the fact that it is lined in 24-karat gold. What better way to spend you money?

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24-karat gold pool
pool
Pool and lounge

The pool lounge features statues from a 16th-century French chateau as well as over 100 million Italian mosaic tiles; it was made in Italy, disassembled, shipped to the US, and put back together. Its design can also be found on a Versace scarf in the South Beach collection. The nearby rotunda floor supposedly contains a cryptic code.

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Pool and lounge at night
poolside rotunda cryptic code
Rotunda floor detail

Aside from the “standard” rooms, the home also includes five libraries (Versace had a full-time librarian!), an observatory, and a gorgeous courtyard.

dining room
Dining room
observatory
Observatory
observatory porthole ocean view
Ocean view through observatory porthole
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Courtyard at night
courtyard
Courtyard
courtyard fountain
Courtyard fountain

And, of course, it’s rich with detail and intricate artwork:

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Versace logo on an entryway planter
hand-painted walls
Hand-painted bedroom walls

What a house (if it can even be called that)! I loved looking at it but can’t imagine living in such ostentatious ornateness. I like my clean, modern lines.

Let’s dream here for a bit: if you were the lucky Powerball $400 million jackpot winner, would you splurge on this historical home? Would you leave it as it is or redecorate? Live in it or make it a tourist attraction?

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