While most of us can only dream of owning a lovely bit of Versace, think of those who have wardrobes full of it, and may soon be the delighted owners of Versace naked wrestlers, Versace salt cellars or a Versace bookcase. For the contents of Gianni Versace's Villa Fontanelle, on the banks of Lake Como, are going to be auctioned off next Wednesday and are expected to raise as much as £2 million. The wrestlers, which are actually huge statues of pugilists Creugas and Damoxenos, towered 10ft over Versace's bed in the very decadently decorated room, complete with a large painting pride of place above the bed. Other possessions under the hammer include 19 beds(!), 18 bookcases, 17 chandeliers, 36 tables, lots of art and lots more – which gives an indication of the size of the house, which once welcomed guests including Madonna, Princess Diana, Elton John and the fashion elite. The contents are currently on display, for the public to view, at Sotheby's in London, and as they have recreated some of the rooms, it is really worth a day trip to see inside the fabulous world of Versace.
Own Versace’s bed!
12 March 2009
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