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The Versace Mansion in South Beach, named Casa Casuarina, finally got a new owner yesterday. After a heated day of bidding, the Nakash family—owners of Jordache Jeans—prevailed, taking the elaborate manse for $41.5 million. It was rumored that the Beckhams were interested in Casa Casuarina, but it turned out real estate dunderhead Donald Trump was the Nakash family's primary opponent. His son, Eric Trump, had flown down to do the bidding.
The house's future has been in flux ever since Gianni, who lived there for five years, was shot dead on its front steps in 1997. Three years later, his family sold the property for $19 million (Gianni originally purchased it under $3 million and reportedly put $33 million worth of work into it). Since that day, it has served as a private residence, an event space and a hotel. The Nakash family told WWD that they're interested in "using the Versace name" in conjunction with the property, which they might turn into a boutique hotel with a retail concept. But first, they've got to get the okay from the Versace family.All photos Redfin.
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