Versace Art Under Hammer

The impressive Versace art collection once adorned the fashion guru's six-storey New York townhouse. Now the contemporary, impressionist, modern and 19th century paintings are to be auctioned by Sotheby's in New York in May and London in June. The 45 painting collection is valued at 6.5-9 million pounds and includes important works by Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse and Edgar Degas. In 2001, art and furnishings from the Florida house were sold for 5.5 million pounds. The Italian designer was shot dead outside his Miami Beach mansion in 1997. Irish Art