By Becca Husselbee
The mansion previously owned by Pablo Picasso has gone up for auction this month.
The artist spent his twilight years at, Mas de Notre Dame de Vie, on the Cote d’Azur, and lived there up until his death at the age of 91, in 1973.
The 15-bedroom estate comes complete with a wine cellar with space for 5,000 bottles, a pool, gym, sauna and an orangery after being refurbished two years ago and was sold for £18 million to a New Zealand financier at an auction in June.
However, the mansion was put back on the market by the Dutch Achmea Bank selling the house, when the financier, Rayo Withanage, failed to pay the full amount.
After the death of Picasso’s wife, Jacqueline Roque, in 1986, the house remained empty.
When she died she left everything as it had been in her husband’s lifetime, even leaving his reading glasses where he had left them.
The estate originally had 24 rooms, but the artist extended several areas of the house, including building a large studio with a terrace in the main building.
The main house has 32 rooms and 13 bathrooms and is surrounded by eight acres of grounds, including a professional tennis court, a swimming pool and a pool house which boasts a complete gym and spa with changing rooms and a massage space.
The garden has been restored to Picasso’s original designs, with several terraces, an orangery and water features and there is also a guest house and a caretaker’s quarters.
The estate also has spectacular views of Mougins, the Esterel Massif, the bay of Cannes, and the Mediterranean Sea.
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