The last house of Picasso. Sale after reconstruction


One of the loudest auction lots this fall & mdash; residence of Pablo Picasso on the Cote d'Azur in France, where he lived the last 12 years of his life with his wife Jacqueline Roque.

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In the estate Mas de Notre Dame de Vie, located in the town of Mougins near Cannes, the Picasso family lived in seclusion. Often, the artist slept during the day, and at night he worked in a spacious studio, which he set up after buying a house in 1961 in the first place. Its terrace offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea, Cannes and Mougins.

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Starting price & mdash; 20,200,000 euros. The organizers believe that the estate will go from auction for 32-38 million euros.

After the death of the owners, more than one hundred drawings, paintings, sculptures remained in the house, and many things lay in the same places as during the life of Pablo Picasso. For 30 years, the villa was empty and slowly collapsing. Until the current owner, an art dealer from Belgium who acquired it in 2008, decided to carry out a large-scale restoration before the subsequent sale. The work took over two years and was directed by Axel Vervoordt, a Belgian designer, collector and antique dealer. The estate was restored to the same appearance as during Picasso's life, but equipped with modern amenities.

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There are three residential houses on the territory of the estate: the main one (1215 sq. M), the guest house (250 sq. M) and for the servants (120 sq. M). There are a total of 15 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. Also in the main house & mdash; two spacious living rooms with fireplaces, studio, breakfast dining room, gallery, room with access to the terrace, two kitchens, wine cellar for 5000 bottles. The buildings are surrounded by 8 hectares of landscaped gardens with a swimming pool, tennis court, gym, spa, steam and massage rooms. The garden, like the house, was restored to its original appearance, conceived by the former owner.

The auction will take place on October 12th. They decided to put the villa up for sale again after the Sri Lankan financier, who was going to buy it, did not show up in June to complete the deal. Starting price & mdash; 20,200,000 euros. The organizers believe that the estate will go from auction for 32 to 38 million euros.

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