Versace's Villa Contents to be Auctioned in London

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  1. liashoes

    liashoes New Member

    Aug 31, 2005
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    Sounds like the artist himself loved art and I sure didn't know he designed furniture. I'm one of the Versace curious.

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    Versace's Villa Contents To Be Auctioned In London

    LONDON — The contents of late Gianni Versace's fabulous Italian villa will be sold in London next week, giving curious fans a chance to see a display of his artwork and furniture.

    The London auction house Sotheby's has tried to re-create some of the rooms from the Villa Fontanelle with the neoclassical items Versace used to decorate them.

    "This is the last opportunity to enter into Versace's world and buy something from a collection that is representative of his legacy," said Mario Tavella, a Sotheby's spokesman.

    The 550 items on sale Wednesday are expected to fetch about 2 million pounds ($2.75 million).

    Versace, shot dead in Miami in 1997, loved to entertain at Villa Fontanelle, a yellow 19th Century villa on the banks of scenic Lake Como. Among his weekend guests were Princess Diana, Madonna, Sting and Elton John.

    He collected a number of paintings and statues along with antique furniture, bookcases, chandeliers, and many busts of Roman emperors. Sale highlights include life-size casts of Antonio Canova's Pugilists, which were arranged in Versace's bedroom, and a rare pair of Italian cherrywood breakfront bookcases by Karl Roos.

    The sale will also include armchairs, wardrobes and other items designed by Versace, known for his attention to detail and extravagant taste.
    Typical of a more expensive item in the auction catalog is a nearly 200-year old carved walnut couch inlaid with fruitwood expected to sell for more than 10,000 pounds ($13,750).

    The prominent designer was killed outside his Miami home, one of several luxury properties he owned throughout the world. The contents of those houses were sold shortly after his death, but the Versace family held on to Villa Fontanelle for some years, giving it up for sale only last year, when it was purchased by a Russian businessman.

    Versace's fashion empire was taken over by his sister Donatella and his brother Santo after his death.
    The Huffington Post
  2. Squizree

    Squizree Looking Up

    Sep 18, 2006
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    A lot of Gianni's previous belongings have also been sold, some time back. Things like originals by Picasso and luxury furniture and one-of-kind antiques.
    Thyve been selling his stuff for ages, especially during Versace's financial struggles (I think between 2001 and 2005), so this comes as no surprise really.
  3. Dkammern

    Dkammern DÔMMkammern

    Sep 17, 2006
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    ^^only this time it shouldnt be a matter of money, no? ... i mean, they just relaunched Versus... things should be going well :p
    i'd love to see pics of his collection. Earlier this month it was Saint Laurents and now his!

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