- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 12, 2009

LONDON (AP) - Art and furniture from fashion designer Gianni Versace’s opulent Italian villa are to be auctioned in London next week.

The late designer’s collections are expected to be sold for about 2 million pounds ($2.75 million).

Sotheby’s auction house plans to sell 550 items from Versace’s Villa Fontanelle on Wednesday.

Many of the works he collected are on display at Sotheby’s in rooms designed to look like the rooms in the villa next to Lake Como, where Versace lived part-time. There is even a re-creation of his bedroom complete with the statues he kept there.

Versace gave extravagant parties at the villa in the years before he was shot dead in 1997. He entertained A-list guests including Princess Diana, Madonna, and Elton John.

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