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The former French home of the artist Pablo Picasso has been sold to the merchant banker Rayo Withanage for an undisclosed sum, according to the mayor of Mougins. Picasso lived in the Mougins property, with his wife Jacqueline Roque from 1961 until his death in 1973. The estate comprises a main house, a twohectare park and garden, swimming pool, tennis court and several guesthouses, and is the largest estate of its kind in the area. It is thought that parts of the house and garden, which were personally designed by Picasso himself, will now be used for charitable purposes by local foundations, the proceeds from which will be donated to causes supporting sustainable development initiatives. Prior to Picasso, the house was owned by the Guinness family and it was also a regular summer holiday home of Winston Churchill.