Restorations: Checking in on the Restoration of Liberace’s Vegas Mansion

Thursday, January 8, 2015, by Amy Schellenbaum
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In the summer of 2013, the decrepit former mansion of Liberace, the pianest famed for his flamboyance (his gold casts of his hands are on display in Los Vegas, for example), listed for $ 523K, seemingly a bargain for some 15,000 square feet with a celebrity pedigree. What’;s more, since Liberace’;s death in 1987, the place has sold several times, for as much as $ 3.7M. So what’;s the catch? Well, (1) it’;s in Las Vegas, (2) it’;s kind of falling apart, and (3) neglect and Liberace-style gilding do not pair together well. In fact, it looked thoroughly depressing to be in. As, once stated, Liberace’;s beloved fabulousness translated into interiors that were over-the-top in 1974, and everybody knows the ’;70s were some of the wildest years for home decor. Inside: mirrored walls, low ceilings, fire-engine red carpeting, and sad frescoes meant to mimic some of the world’;s greatest works of art.

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