File Photos David and Victoria Beckham have... - Monday 11th June 2012

File Photos David and Victoria Beckham have reportedly splashed out £36million for the Miami home of the late fashion designer Gianni Versace ** The former home of Italian designer Gianni Versace is hitting the market for an eye-watering 25 million The Miami mansion Casa Casuarina on 1116 Ocean Dr., where fashion designer Gianni Versace was shot dead, has 10 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms, and an astonishing centerpiece to the gated compound: a 54-foot-long pool lined in 24-karat gold and adorned with mosaics, frescos, statues, arched doorway and a courtyard. Versace purchased the mansion in 1992 and spent 3 million on expanding and renovating it. Versace was shot dead on July 15, 1997, aged 50, on the steps of his Miami Beach mansion as he returned from a morning walk on Ocean Drive. He was murdered by Andrew Cunanan, who used the same gun to commit suicide on a boat a few days later. The mansion was built in 1930 and was modelled on the oldest existing house in the Western Hemisphere, the Alcazar de Colon in Santo Domingo - which is the only known residence of the family of explorer Christopher Columbus. Current owner Peter Loftin bought the house in 2000 and left Versace's renovations as it is. "This is an iconic oasis for the rich-and-famous that sits in the middle of South Beach," Loftin said in a statement. "It's a one-of-a-kind property, created by a genius; that is a piece of art, and a piece of history." Since 2009, Loftin has been operating the mansion as a boutique hotel "Villa by Barton G" **Available for publication in Where: UK, FL, Germany When: 11 Jun 2012 (8 images)

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