INSIDE ALEXANDER McQUEEN’S PENTHOUSE IN MAYFAIR

Alexander McQueen’s two-story penthouse in London’s Mayfair Apartments just hit the market £8.5 million (or $10.6 million). The late British fashion designer bought the apartment in April of 2009 for £2.53 million (or $3.2 million), but he resided in a flat nearby on Green Street, where he committed suicide the next year at age 40. At the time of his death, he was still renovating his Mayfair penthouse. 1,790-square-foot duplex features three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and three reception areas.

The current owners, who wish to remain unidentified, purchased the property from a McQueen trust, then tasked Paul Davies London to redecorate the interiors to honor the designer. The décor pays tribute to McQueen’s artistic themes—the Gothic and the morbid—an aesthetic of savage beauty, so to speak.

The walls showcase pictures of his finest designs, and skull motifs pop up in almost every room. Most importantly, there are rare portraits of McQueen and Isabella Blow, the woman who initially discovered him and committed suicide three years before McQueen.

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