The storied Versace mansion goes to auction today,and none other than Donald Trump
plans on making a bid. Trump has met the requirements and laid down a $3 million deposit, qualifying him to purchase the ten-bedroom, 11-bathroom Mediterranean-style estate at 1116 Ocean Dr.
Trump confirmed his interest Tuesday morning. "Yes, I will be a bidder," he said. "I'll be bidding the minimum number, and we'll see what happens." The minimum bid, you ask? A cool $40 million.
Update: The winning bidder was Joe Nakash, owner of the Victor Hotel next door, who will pay $41.5 million. He will run it in conjunction with the Victor.
See also: Inside the Versace Mansion
The illustrious Verasace mansion includes 19,000 square feet of estate, which includes a mosaic-tiled, 24-karat-gold-lined pool. Wellington developer Glenn Straub, who owns the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club, has also expressed interest. Straub filed court papers last Friday, signaling his plans to bid on the property.
The purchase of the Versace mansion very well could be the crown jewel of Trump's "Florida collection." He owns the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, which was the former estate of Marjorie Merriweather Post, which was renovated and turned into a private club and spa. Last year, Trump purchased the former Doral Golf Resort and renamed it Trump National Doral, because of course. The Doral resort is in the midst of a $250 million renovation.
With Trump slowly moving in on our South Florida turf, we might want to declare a couple of things off-limits before it's too late. Here are a few that come to mind:
The Miami Heat
Micky Arison for life! Chances are the team will stay in the Arison family for a long time, but if it were to ever go up for sale, Trump is not on the list of people you would want purchasing the team.
The Freedom Tower
Just no, so wrong, never. Nothing says "freedom" like Donald Trump owning you.
The Port of Miami
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Yeah, it would be pretty tough to buy the Port of Miami, but it's on the list just in case.
Opa-tisha-wocka-locka will never be yours, Trump, because Opa-tisha-wocka-locka isn't for sale.