Mansion once owned by Liberace for sale in Vegas
Jun. 26, 2013
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas mansion that once belonged to Liberace and ultimately landed in the hands of a bank is now listed for half a million dollars, cash-only.
The nearly 14,939-square-foot (1,387.87-sq. meter) mansion, built in 1962 and set on a half-acre lot near the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, has two bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and several large areas for entertaining.
It also features touches reminiscent of the flamboyant pianist who once lived there, including chandeliers, a mirror bar etched with Liberace's signature and a room with tile piano keys in the floor.
Liberace bought the home in 1974, according to property records pulled by the Las Vegas Sun newspaper (http://bit.ly/15BRRBE). His foundation sold the house to a married couple — Vance and Jan Turner — in 1989, two years after the performer died of an AIDS-related illness.
In 2006, during the heady days of southern Nevada real estate, the couple sold the home to Terrance Lee "Dez" Dzvonick for $3.7 million.
JPMorgan Chase seized the property through foreclosure in February 2010, and Dzvonick sued to get it back, saying the bank had wrongfully foreclosed. The legal tug-of-war ended in December, when U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro dismissed the case.
Liberace, whose onstage and offstage extravagance were legendary, became the best-paid entertainer on the planet during his heyday from the 1950s to the 1970s. His career was revisited in the May debut of the HBO film "Behind the Candelabra," which details his secretive romance with the much-younger Scott Thorson.