Following an extensive renovation by interior design house Paul Davies, the lavish Mayfair, London penthouse formerly owned by the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen is now up for sale. Its asking price? An equally lavish $10 million, as announced by Davies himself and recently featured on Artnet.
The property, located on 17 Dunraven Street, and its 16-month renovation was conceived and executed as an homage to the departed McQueen, according to a statement from Davies himself ("Providing a homage to Alexander McQueen, this luxurious penthouse delivers the very best in contemporary Mayfair living," says the designer). To that end, the penthouse is outfitted with its own built-in "fashion catwalk," surrounded by myriad presumably flattering mirrors, as well as photos from throughout McQueen's career in fashion. Images of McQueen himself, his famous muses Isabella Blow and Annabelle Neilson, and much of his own designs are found throughout the rest of the penthouse, which also boasts the skull motif and black + cream + silver color scheme he favored in much of his work. Harvey Cyzer is a partner at Knight Frank, the real estate firm that's handling the sale of the penthouse, and he summed up the renovation's importance like this:
"This stunning penthouse has been painstakingly refurbished and has all the glamour you associate with one of the world's most iconic fashion designers: Alexander McQueen."
The McQueen penthouse has some other famous figures in its long history. Built as a townhouse in 1897, Alexander Mountbatten, 1st Marquess of Carisbrooke and author PG Wodehouse were among its residents until 1945 when it was converted to luxury apartments. McQueen moved in in 2009, and as the story goes he became extremely interested in revamping it before his untimely death the following year. It was Davies himself who picked up the project which was finally completed in time for the penthouse to be listed for sale as it is now – and some affectionate McQueen fan will eventually move in, provided he or she has $10 million to spend on the privilege.