Pablo Picasso’s French Riviera Home Set For Auction

SLIDESHOW: The home of Pablo Picasso from 1961 to 1973 has been restored to its former glory.

Just as paintings by Pablo Picasso rake in millions at auctions, the home he lived and died in is expected to do the same when it goes under the hammer this October.

Pablo Picasso passed away in 1973, aged 91, in his last home and workshop — called Mas de Notre Dame de Vie — in Mougins on the French Riviera.

The home he bought 12 years before he died was also once filled with the great Spanish artist’s paintings, drawings, etchings and sculptures. He was known to work until late in the evening or at night and consciously sought seclusion, living a hermit’s life.

After the death of Jacqueline Roque, Picasso’s wife, in 1986, the Provencal home was left abandoned and in ruins for 30 years. When it was snapped up five years ago, it was discovered that Roque kept everything in the house as it was during Picasso’s lifetime. His reading glasses were even found where the pioneer of Cubism had apparently left them, according to Residence 365, an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate.

The firm will be handling the property’s auction on 12 October 2017, with bids starting at €20.2 million, following a two-year restoration project led by renowned interior architect Axel Vervoordt, whose celebrity clients include Robert De Niro, Bill Gates, and Calvin Klein.

Originally, the traditional bastide had 24 rooms, but Picasso extended several areas of the house to turn it into his dream working and living area. He built a large studio with a terrace.

Today, the 1,225-square-metre property, complete with a garden view, as well as a partial Bay of Cannes and Mandelieu sea views, comes with 15 well-appointed bedrooms and nine bathrooms spread across two levels. The lower of the two living rooms is adjacent to the newly kitted-out kitchen and a wine cellar that can store up to 5,000 bottles.

Surrounded by eight acres of landscaped grounds and a garden restored to Picasso’s original designs, the outside boasts all sorts of modern and recreational luxuries, including a professional tennis court, an infinity pool, and a 350-square-metre pool house outfitted with a kitchen, fitness centre, spa, steam bath, massage rooms, showers and laundry facilities.

In addition to the main and pool houses, there is also a guest house and a caretaker’s quarters.

If you are interested in buy the property, viewings will be held on 22 and 29 September 2017.

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