Sotheby’s has re-created the late Gianni Versace’s lavish Lake Como home, Villa Fontanelle, on London’s Bond Street for the sale next week of the late designer’s largely neoclassical collection of furniture, paintings and art works. “This is the last opportunity to enter into Versace’s world and buy something from a collection that is representative of his legacy,” said Mario Tavella, Sotheby’s deputy chairman responsible for single-owner collections. Highlights of the collection, which will go under the hammer on Wednesday, include 19th century stucco casts of Antonio Canova’s imposing pair of Pugilists — which presided over Versace’s bedroom — with a price estimate of 20,000 to 40,000 pounds, or $28,000 and $55,000 at current exchange; and a pair of cherrywood bookcases by Karl Roos, one of which has a price estimate of up to 120,000 pounds, or $166,000. Sotheby’s also discovered a previously unrecorded painting by the 18th century artist Johann Zoffany in the collection. The 1783 work, “Portrait of the Major George Maule,” now counts as the only catalogued example of Zoffany’s work from his stay in Madras, India, that year. The entire collection, which numbers 550 lots, is expected to fetch in excess of 2 million pounds, or $2.8 million. The villa itself was sold last year.
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