By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com April 06 2001 11:00 PM ET
The contents of Casa Casuarina, Gianni Versaces Mediterranean-style Miami estate, are being auctioned through Saturday, April 7, by Sothebys in New York, according to the BBC. The eclectic contents include theatrical costumes, ready-to-wear designs, evening gowns, and costume sketches along with furniture and artworks. Mitchell Owens, interior design director at Elle Decor, tells the Los Angeles Times, Its all gilt and pectoral muscles. Its very hypermasculine and homoerotic. It was all about being loud and flashy and nouveau riche and having a damned good time doing it. Elaine Whitmore of Sothebys, on the other hand, stated, He was a genius, not only because of his bold combination of colors and texture in combination with antiques and art, but he also had great taste.... It was not garish at all. The 600-lot auction is expected to fetch up to $7 million. Proceeds from the auction will go to PAX, a New York charity promoting gun safety, and to the National Center for Victims of Crime in Virginia. The house itself, on the steps of which Versace was murdered in 1997, has been sold for $19 million.