Tuesday, January 25, 2022

UPDATE: "Villa Aurora: Rome property fails to sell for €471m at auction"

Following up on December's "Attention Art Fans: Large Caravaggio For Sale, Asking $552 Million".

From the BBC:

A villa in the Italian capital Rome housing the only mural by Caravaggio has failed to sell at auction.

Villa Aurora is at the centre of a legal battle between its current occupier, Texas-born Princess Rita Boncompagni Ludovisi, and her stepsons.

The villa, which had a starting price of €471m (£394m), was expected to become the most expensive property ever sold but attracted no bids.

Another attempt to sell it is expected in April, with the price cut by 20%.

The highlight of the six-storey villa's many treasures is the painting by the 16th and 17th Century artist Michelangelo Merisi, better known as Caravaggio....

....MUCH MORE, it's quite a story.