Versace mansion headed for auction block

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The South Beach, Fla., mansion once owned by Italian designer Gianni Versace and the place he was fatally shot is headed for the auction block.

Fisher Auction Company is handling the sale, set for Sept. 17. The 23,000 square-foot oceanfront mansion had been previously listed for $125 million.

Originally built in 1930, the 10-bedroom, 11-bathroom, gated home features a 54-foot long mosaic pool lined with 24-karat gold. It also includes numerous frescos, ornate statues, arched doorways and an open air courtyard.

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to manage the sale of this one-of-a-kind property,” said Lamar Fisher, President and CEO of Fisher Auction Company, who said the sale should draw prospective buyers from around the world.

In 1997, the 50-year-old Versace was killed in front of the property by a man who later committed suicide. Versace had purchased the home in 1992 and spent about $33 million renovating and adding another wing. Tourists can still routinely be spotted taking photos in front of the house.

The property had been operating as a 10-room boutique hotel for several years but closed earlier this year. A bankruptcy court has appointed Fisher Auction Company to handle the sale, in conjunction with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate.

Versace had many famous friends including Princess Diana, Madonna, Elton John and Cher.

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