Some of Gianna Versace’s Baroque design flourishes imbue this grand limestone New York property – which was the late designer’s Manhattan residence for two years.
The six-storey Manhattan property was built in an Italianate style in the early 1950s. It has painted ceilings and Italian marble floors installed by Versace in the mid-1990s, when he bought the East 64th Street home. Its 14,000 sq ft of space includes a closet with elaborate murals, a Moroccan style media room and a dining room inspired by the Etruscan Room at Osterley Park – a Georgian estate in Isleworth, England.
Versace’s trademark extravagant style doesn’t stop there, with panels rescued from a Florentine palazzo, gold bathroom mouldings and Sistine Chapel-style ceilings also appearing in various rooms of the home, listed with Sotheby’s International Realty for $70m.
As well as its 17 palatial rooms, the mansion has a 3,000 sq ft ground floor garden and a rooftop terrace overlooking Fifth and Madison. The current owners told the Wall Street Journal the home was ‘the “Alice in Wonderland” of Gianni Versace’.
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