For $9,6 million you can get not only French Castle but also five Picasso murals. It’s not a trick, five murals by influential 20th century artist are included with a 14th-century castle for sale in the south of France. This château in Provence near the town of Uzès was purchased in 1950 by the late Douglas Cooper, an art collector and friend of Picasso, Alexander Kraft, chairman and CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty France told the Wall Street Journal.
At some point (around 1963) Picasso had five of his drawings sandblasted onto walls. The murals are located on a covered outdoor loggia, and in other parts of the castle, which is now classified as historic monument by the French government.
The seven-bedroom castle underwent an architectural makeover in the 18th century when then-owner Baron de Castille went to Italy on a grand tour and inspiration struck. The result was the addition of numerous columns, geometric walkways and stone ornamentation. The baron embellished the exterior with a balustrade around the roof, added a balcony supported by stone columns and created an oval colonnade with fountains at the entrance to the five-acre property.
Towers sit at each corner of the seven-bedroom house, which has two drawing rooms, a library and two kitchens.
It features 8,000 square feet of living space, decorated by American interior designer Dick Dumas, combining rustic elements with traditional furnishings. There are also several outbuildings. A tree-lined drive leads through the grounds, which feature formal gardens and a park.
Sotheby’s International Realty’s Beverly Hills, Calif. office is listing the home, which has an asking price of $9.66 million.