Liberace’s Vegas Home Sells to Lifelong Fan
The entry opens to a grand hall where a dusty chandelier holds center court over marble floors, undoubtedly once polished to a high gloss.
From the entry, a grand French staircase leads upstairs. To the left, a room features a deep red carpet. On the other side, the living space has mirrors from the floor to the ceiling. A built-in wet bar has a countertop covered in small mirrors and in loopy script, “Liberace” still emblazoned on the front. A mural — inspired by Michelangelo’s work in the Sistine Chapel — covers the ceiling of another room.
Liberace, of course, hasn’t lived in the home since his death in 1987. The estate passed through a few owners, selling to a developer for $3.7 million in 2006. The recession and popping of Las Vegas’ real estate bubble eventually led to the home’s foreclosure in 2010.
The bank listed the home for sale at the end of July for $529,900, a fraction of its 2006 sale price. It took about a month before the new owner, a self-proclaimed Liberace fan and real estate developer, heard about the home’s listing.
“I grew up thinking Liberace was wonderful,” Martyn Ravenhill told British newspaper Get Surrey. “I was inspired by him from an early age. I learnt the piano because of him.”
Currently living in Mexico, Ravenhill flew to Vegas as soon as he heard the property was on the market. Walking through the 2-bedroom, 10-bath home, “felt like destiny,” he said. He just purchased it for $500,000.
Ravenhill plans to completely restore the home to its previous glory, working closely with the Liberace Foundation. And once the home is back to its glittery, glamorous self, he may even consider opening it to the public.
“Most importantly I want to do what Liberace would have wanted with the house,” he said. “He wouldn’t want it left to gather dust and fall apart. He would want it looking fantastic.”