The Miami mansion where Gianni Versace died is on the market. But will the history of the house help or hinder its sale? Emma Rowley investigates the price of infamy.
By Emma Rowley – The Telegraph
Russian oligarchs, Middle Eastern royalty and Ecclestone sisters, get out your wallets. Gianni Versace’s sumptuous mansion is back on the market. Now used as a boutique hotel, Casa Casuarina in Miami Beach, Florida, has been put up for sale with a hefty £80 million price tag.
Whoever buys it will need to share the tastes of Versace, that is certain. The couturier spent millions transforming the 10-bedroom South Beach property into an Italian villa, complete with frescoes, statues and stained glass, ever ready for a visit from Elton and the like.
What all those involved are less keen to trumpet is that 1116 Ocean Drive is also where Mr Versace was shot dead on the steps in 1997. Could this tragic aspect of its past prove a problem?
This is not a prospect that would appeal to all. But then, whoever snaps up Casa Casuarina, where even the swimming pool is tiled in 24-carat gold, is unlikely to be a shrinking violet.