Versace's famous mansion up for auction
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- One of the most famous South Florida mansions on Ocean Drive will soon be on the auction block.
Casa Casuarina, better known as the Versace mansion, was where the famed fashion designer Gianni Versace lived and died. He was shot on the front steps in 1997.
Casa Casuarina opened its doors on Tuesday for a sneak peak. Luxury real estate agent Jill Eber wanted to rediscover the mansion as a historic estate. "The home was built in 1930 by Alden Freeman who was an architect, philanthropist, and it was actually modeled after Alcazar de Colon, which is the oldest home in the western hemisphere," said Eber.
Inside and out, the home is filled with murals surrounded by statues, fine fabrics and furnishings. "The property itself is approximately 24,000 square feet," said Eber.
Casa Casuarina has 10-plus bedroom suites, which all open up to a center courtyard crowned by an observatory. "You have what we call now the Madonna suite," said Eber.
The Versace signature Medusa is seen throughout the mansion. Casa Casuarina was recently a private club, hotel and restaurant.
The mansion went up for auction in September. The starting bid was $25 million. "We start at $500,000 increments," said auction advisor Jason Welt.
At the end of the auction, Eber hopes for a fruitful sale. "We are looking forward to a very exciting day and a great number," noted Eber.
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