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Picasso’s last house goes up for auction

The Mas de Notre-Dame de Vie, in Mougins, the house where Pablo Picasso lived towards the end of his life, could soon be auctioned off.

A property named “Mas de Notre Dame de Vie,” the former residence of Pablo Picasso and his spouse is composed of a main house, garden, swimming pool, pool house, tennis court, caretaker’s house, and guest houses. Set to be auctioned off at the Bar of the Tribunal de Grande Instance de Grasse, the property was initially scheduled for sale on February 2, but it has been postponed to a later date.

The artist’s last home

Picasso settled in this vast property in 1961 after leaving his Villa La Californie in Cannes. He lived there with his last wife, Jacqueline Roque, until his death on April 8, 1973. The master painter lived reclusively his final home, nicknamed “the den of the Minotaur”. In the last years of his life, he devoted himself solely to his work, in a joyful artistic disorder, creating all different types of art: sculptures, ceramics, canvases, drawings and his various and varied collections. His last wife continued to live in the vast estate after the disappearance of the painter, but never truly recovered from his death. It was at Notre-Dame de Vie that she ended her life in 1986, after which the property was left abandoned for many years. It was only in 2008 that it would be obtained by foreign art lover.

The Côte d’Azur: a hunting ground of billionaires

The price of the property was set at 15 million euros for the scheduled February 2nd auction. But properties on the Côte d’Azur, a hunting ground for billionaires, go for crazy sums of money. The historical character of the property could easily hike up the auction price by millions. Asides from its historical significance, the 800 square meters of living space includes several houses, surrounded by a park of nearly 2 acres with breathtaking views. Picasso had bought the Mas de Notre-Dame de Vie to flee his villa in Cannes, where a building had been built, hiding his view. At the time, he was at the height of his career.

For more: Le Figaro

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