By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated September 04, 1997 12:00 AM

Household items, including art and clothing sketches, from murdered designer Gianni Versace brought in an impressive $2.7 million at a Sotheby’s New York auction on Thursday in the first session of a three-day estate sale. “It went very well, and we’re very pleased,” Elaine Whitmire, Sotheby’s head of 19th-century furniture and decorations, told Reuters. “It’s another public affirmation of Versace’s style and taste,” said Versace spokesman Lou Colasuonno. Among the auction’s highlights: Antoine Dubost’s “Le Retour d’Helene” ($236,750) and a Charles X hardstone-mounted console from about 1830 ($192,750). Versace was gunned down outside his South beach home in 1997.