Pablo Picasso’s former home in the French village Mougins just north of Cannes, the Mas de Notre-Dame du Vie, has recently been put back on the market for a staggering $220 million after major renovations by current owner, Curbed reports. The villa had been empty since the death of Picasso’s wife Jacqueline Roque in 1986, until a Belgian art dealer shelled out between $13-16 million for the three-building property five years ago and began an extensive renovation.
Although the estate has undergone some impressive overhauls and expansions, boasting two swimming pools, a tennis court, 10 bedrooms and eight bathrooms — not to mention the grounds and gardens — the real estate world is skeptical about the enormous price jump and curious to see if any buyers will go in for the hefty price tag.
Mas de Notre-Dame du Vie was Picasso’s home for the last 12 years of his life. The time he spent in his studio there is well documented, and before and after photos reveal the intentions of the owner to retain the essence of the space. One year after moving in he married Roque, and over the ensuing he made more than 400 portraits of his wife.
Suddenly, the $2.24 million price hike on the townhouse and studio once owned by Andy Warhol that went on the market earlier this year doesn’t seem quite as astounding in terms of inflation.
— Meredith Caraher
(Photos via Curbed.)