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Which would you rather spend £17 mil­lion on – a Pi­casso paint­ing or the house where it was cre­ated? That is the dilemma fac­ing wealthy art lovers after Pi­casso’s former home in the South of France re­cently came up for sale.

It’s where he lived with his wife Jacque­line Roque from 1961 un­til 1973, the year he died, aged 91 years old. It was picked by Pi­casso as the per­fect spot to get away from it all. The painter loved the prop­erty’s idyl­lic views over the Bay of Cannes, and the pretty town of Mou­g­ins be­low, in­spir­ing a pro­lific pe­riod of creativ­ity.

After Jacque­line died in 1986 the prop­erty re­mained empty for 30 years. It was then bought by a Dutch in­vestor who spent two years restor­ing the prop­erty. It now in­cludes a guest house, pool, gym, spa and a wine cel­lar.

The villa is to be auc­tioned on Oc­to­ber 12, with a start­ing bid of £17.7 mil­lion.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Hans Veen­hui­jsen of Res­i­dence365. com, or visit TopTen RealEs­tateDeals.com

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