Versace mansion closes, readies for art exhibit?
MIAMI (AFP) - The palatial United States (US) villa where fashion designer Gianni Versace was murdered closed its doors on Friday following its multi-million-dollar sale last month, realtors said.
Casa Casuarina, where Versace was living when he was shot dead on the steps of the property in 1997, was sold for US$41.5 million (S$52 million) on Sept 17 by VM South Beach, a company that owns the neighbouring Hotel Victor.
A statement released by Coldwell Banker realtors Jill Hertzberg and Jill Eber said long-term plans for the opulent residence in one of Miami's most prestigious neighbourhoods remained undetermined.
However, the new owners were mulling converting the mansion into a temporary gallery to showcase the work of new young artists at Miami's Art Basel in December.