A bargain Picasso

A bargain Picasso – Château de Castille, Uzès, Provence, Languedoc-Rousillon, 30700, France – For sale, Sotheby’s International Realty, £6.9 million

Picasso frescoes for sale (with a castle thrown in) for £6.9 million


In 2015, a 1955 Picasso painting, Les Femmes d’Alger, sold for a record-breaking sum of £115 million ($162 million, €147 million). Those with a somewhat lower budget, though, can now acquire a whole series of the artist’s works for just £6.9 million ($9.9 million, €8.9 million) if they buy a château in the south of France.


A bargain Picasso – Château de Castille, Uzès, Provence, Languedoc-Rousillon, 30700, France
The frescoes are undoubtedly the star feature of the property and any buyer will undoubtedly get not only a fine house but also a bargain Picasso
There are also other murals inside the house


On the open market for the first time in fifty years, Château de Castille at Uzès in Provence extends to some 8,611 square feet and features 4 reception rooms, 8 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. The property – which dates to 1362 and which was most recently decorated by the celebrated American designer Dick Dumas – has most unusual extra in that it comes with five frescoes painted by Picasso in 1962 and 1963 on its garden walls. They were painted for the British art collector Douglas Cooper – who owned the château between 1950 and his death in 1984 – and are classified as historic monuments by the French state.


The interior has been decorated most recently by Dick Dumas
One of eight bedrooms
Many stunning architectural details are to be found within the grounds


Of the 4.94-acre property, a representative for Sotheby’s International Realty commented:


“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire not only a highly important historic property, but an important piece of art and of art history at the same time”.



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    1. I wonder if the French tax authorities make the owner pay extra property tax every year on the artwork? Interesting legal point as you cannot in practical terms separate it from the building. They are pretty hot on imposing property tax in Provence and regularly employ helicopters to check for undeclared swimming pools etc. It is what happens in a socialist country in which a massive percentage of the population are employed by the state.


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