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.
Despite the decay, in September 2013, Martyn Ravenhill, a British vacation property salesman and Liberace fan based in Surrey, England, paid $ 500K for the place, saying “it felt like destiny” and was “almost surreal.” He told local newspapers he wanted to “restore to this place to its former glory” and to ultimately make the place available to the public. “I want to do what Liberace would have wanted with the house. He wouldn’;t want it left to gather dust and fall apart. He would want it looking fantastic.”
Now The Daily Mail says it has photos of the transformation. They’;re not the best photos, and it doesn’;t seem to be that the place is anywhere near complete, but the photos do show off cleaner, clearer frescos, and a lot less grime. Before photos are right this way. Some mid-renovation shots, faux sistine chapel included, are below:
More photos, this way.
· Liberace’;s Las Vegas mansion returned to its former opulence and grandeur thanks to $ 1million restoration [Daily Mail]
· British Fan Buys Liberace’;s Former Vegas Manse for $ 500K [Curbed National]