By  on February 17, 2009

MILAN — Sotheby’s London will auction Gianni Versace’s furniture, paintings and art works on March 18 in a sale that is expected to raise more than 2 million pounds, or $2.86 million at current exchange.


The 550 lots were collected by the designer at his early 19th century residence, Villa Fontanelle, in Moltrasio, on the shores of Lake Como. Highlights of the sale include life-size casts of Antonio Canova’s Pugilists, which were arranged in Versace’s bedroom and are estimated at between 20,000 and 40,000 pounds, or $28,696 and $57,393, excluding buyer’s premium; a pair of Italian cherry wood breakfront bookcases by Karl Roos after designs by Giuseppe Valadier, circa 1814, and originally commissioned by Princess Pauline Borghese for the Library at Palazzo Borghese in Rome,estimated at 60,000 to 100,000 pounds and 80,000 to 120,000 pounds, or $86,089 to $143,483 and $114,786 to $172,180, and the tempera on canvas “Hercules at the Crossroads Between Vice and Virtue,” estimated at between 25,000 and 40,000 pounds, or $35,870 and $57,393, painted in Italy in 1820 and attributed to Pelagio Palagi.

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