Estate agent charged with selling former Gucci London headquarters for £55m
Beauchamp Estates in central London has been tasked with selling the Grade I listed Gucci mansion on Grafton Street in London’s Mayfair, which served as Gucci’s global headquarters where designer Tom Ford and CEO Domenico De Sole worked.
The property, which includes four VIP bedrooms, a swimming pool and a spa, has been put up for sale at an asking price of £55million. It is also available to rent for £40,000 per week.
The Grade I-listed Grafton Street mansion in Mayfair served as the Italian brand’s global headquarters from 1998 to 2010 after the then-owner Bahrain-based investment fund bought the fashion house from the Gucci family in 1993 and decided to move the business away from Milan.
This follows the death of Maurizio Gucci in 1995, who was shot by a hitman as he entered his office in Milan. His ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani was later found guilty of ordering the hit.
The sumptuous Gucci 14,000 square feet. The mansion was originally built in 1769-1772, designed in a neo-classical style by architect Sir Robert Taylor, built by Edward Gray with magnificent gold leaf interiors by renowned plasterer Joseph Rose and l cabinetmaker John Mayhew.
It was once the London residence of Lord Chancellor Lord Brougham, where Queen Victoria and the 1st Duke of Wellington entertained.
Its history with Gucci dates back to 1993 when Bahrain-based investment fund Invescorp purchased Gucci from Maurizio Gucci, ending the Gucci family’s involvement which dated back to 1921 when Guccio Gucci founded the luxury brand.
Designer Ford moved into the main living room on the first floor of the mansion, with its 20-foot-high gold-leaf ceiling with ornate Joseph Rose plasterwork, floor-to-ceiling windows, parquet flooring and Georgian fireplaces.
Ford became creative director of Gucci in 1994 – a time when the brand was on the verge of bankruptcy and struggling on the high street.
The eight-bedroom mansion is laid out over basement, basement, ground floor and four upper floors and features classic interiors, an elevator, a gym, a cinema and a health club with swimming pool, pool deep, sauna and hammam and a garage.
The accommodation comprises a spacious entrance hall, four large reception rooms, family kitchen, study/home office, four VIP bedrooms, four further staff bedrooms, staff facilities and two floors of accommodation. leisure facilities. There is access to a large garden terrace, balconies on the first floor and a conservatory/veranda on the top floor.
Entertainment and leisure facilities are divided between the basement and the basements. There is a gymnasium, private cinema and spa with swimming pool, marble plunge pool, mosaic steam room and Scandinavian-style sauna. The basement garage provides secure parking for two cars.
Gary Hersham, Founding Director of Beauchamp Estates, said: “The former Gucci mansion, the brand’s global headquarters, is now Mayfair’s finest home currently for sale or rental. It is here that Tom Ford and Domenico De Sole entertained Alexander McQueen, Anna Wintour and François Pinault and Lord Chancellor Lord Brougham entertained Queen Victoria and the Duke of Wellington.
“Impeccably dressed, this turnkey mansion with its two floors of entertainment and leisure facilities is perfect for a family who, like Gucci, wants a lavish residence in the heart of Mayfair.