The Miami mansion where iconic fashion designer Gianni Versace was murdered has been sold at auction for $41.5 million. The Mediterranean-styled estate on Miami Beach’s prestigious Ocean Drive, just steps from the sea, was once considered the nation’s most expensive home.
The home, called Casa Casuarina, features 10 bedrooms and 11 baths, mosaic flooring and an array of frescoes and murals custom-made for Versace. Two rooftop terraces boast spectacular views of the beach. There is also an observatory (complete with bar) for an evening of star-gazing, an open-air courtyard, and a pool lined with 24 carat gold.
The master suite once occupied by Versace himself contains a king-size bed, a huge bathroom, a walk-in closet and a small terrace overlooking the sea.
The mansion was built in 1930 by architect Alden Freeman. The villa went on sale more than a year ago for $125 million but there were no takers.
Casa Casuarina is expected to be operated as a hotel.