Gianni Versace’s former New York mansion is up for sale for $70 million

Written by Sana Noor Haq, CNN

Gianni Versace’s former Manhattan townhouse has been put up for sale for $70 million.
The late fashion designer bought the seven-bedroom mansion in 1995 and completely renovated the interior, according to Sotheby’s International Realty listing.

The mansion, built in 1950, offers the buyer the chance to “live like royalty” and “own a piece of real estate and fashion history,” the listing says.

Boasting 17 lavishly decorated rooms spread over six floors, the property overlooks Fifth Avenue and borders Central Park.

The floors are Italian marble and Austrian parquet. There are five fireplaces, painted walls and ceilings and mosaic.

Versace furnished the New York townhouse in a distinctive Italian Baroque style. Credit: Travis Mark for Sotheby’s International Realty

“Versace’s genius and vision are revealed on the first 4 floors, each showcasing the designer’s legendary taste and permeating the house,” the listing adds.

Each floor of the mansion has a different theme.

The entrance opens to a marble staircase and gallery with a decorative Greek key border, and the garden level features hand-painted canvas walls inspired by an English neoclassical mansion.

The rooftop terrace has a gazebo and offers views of the Manhattan skyline.

The rooftop terrace has a gazebo and offers views of the Manhattan skyline. Credit: Travis Mark for Sotheby’s International Realty

On the third level, there’s a ceiling that resembles the vault of the Sistine Chapel, alongside restored 19th-century Versace panels from a Florentine palace.

The upper level offers a double-bathroom spa that the listing describes as “one of the largest in town,” and the fifth and sixth floors house bedrooms and a Moroccan-style media room.

Gianni Versace

Gianni Versace Credit: Globe Photos/MediaPunch/AP

Versace was one of the most influential fashion figures of the 20th century.

He emerged with his first independent collection in Milan in 1978 and established his mark with his brother, Santo, and sister, Donatella, according to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Her designs are known for their alluring silhouettes and theatrical flair, and have been worn by pop culture royalty including Naomi Campbell, Jennifer Lopez and Elton John.

Versace was shot on the steps of his Miami Beach villa in 1997. Since his death, Donatella Versace has continued to lead the brand’s creative vision, now under the direction of American company Capri Holdings, which bought the label in 2018.