Miami-Dade County will host a sheriff’s sale on the personal property previously owned by South Beach playboy Thomas Kramer. Members of the public can bid on a collection of his personal property, which will be sentry investments sales team as one package. If you had more money than you knew what do with, how would you decorate your home?
If you’re former South Beach developer and notorious playboy Thomas Kramer, you turn two Star Island mansions into extravagant celebrations of wealth, sex and your gaudy tastes, packed with furniture and paraphernalia that suit the high-rolling, Bacchanalian lifestyle you’re infamous for. That’s why there are two stripper poles on the dining room table, which comfortably seats 14. The king-size bed in the master bedroom is fitted with chrome rings on corner posts for bondage nights. There’s a collection of sculptures and figurines of creatures that might be as aggressive as Kramer, who’s known for being brash and confrontational. Over in a garage, life-size Alien and Predator statues stand sentry in the back.
Behind greenery flanking the corner of a guest house, a large metal velociraptor stands, mouth wide open. On the other side of the courtyard is a rhinoceros sculpture with a picturesque view of downtown Miami’s skyline behind it. Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access. Kramer’s crest, a charcoal-colored shield with the head of a minotaur, adorns a large painting, books and office equipment. Part of his aesthetic includes symbols of death, angels and demons. On the second floor of a garage, there’s a table with a sparkly red goblet and multiple skull-shaped candle holders. A few feet away, a coffin lined with cherry-red cushioning lies on the floor, a purchase he made when he was once dark and depressed.
These items are just a sampling of Kramer’s former possessions that bidders can purchase at an upcoming public sale. The Miami Herald got an exclusive tour of Kramer’s former estate to look at the variety of items that will be sold in one package to the highest bidder on Feb. 14 in a sale being administered through Miami-Dade County. The sale marks the final Miami chapter in the long downward spiral for Kramer, who over the past 20 years has lost his fortune, his business cachet and now, his home and nearly everything in it. Europe, gets to keep his personal photographs.
We’ve seized the personal property in 4 and 5 Star Island as the result of a judgment that our clients obtained against Mr. Latasha Hines, attorney at Koyzak Tropin Throckmorton, who is representing Kramer’s former in-laws in litigation against him. Our clients are the heirs of Siegfried Otto. Otto, a now-deceased wealthy German businessman, was Kramer’s former father-in-law.