Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Michelangelo's Tuscan villa could be yours for just over $8 million

If you want to convert your cash into a piece of art history, there's a beautiful Tuscan villa that once belonged to Michelangelo, for sale for $8.4 million. According to an article in Hyperallergic, the Florentine master bought the nearly 13,000-square-foot estate in 1549, about 30 years after he completed painting the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

The luxurious villa is surrounded by the vineyards of Chianti, with views of Tuscany's majestic hills. There's also an olive grove, a lemon orchard, as well as the original olive oil mill. Inside the home, there are eight bedrooms and seven bathrooms, along with several original features, such as the huge original kitchen fireplace, wood-beamed ceilings and 70 percent of the original Renaissance-era terra-cotta floors.

Michelangelo's family sold the estate in 1867, and since then it has only been on the market three times. Not only will the new residents be able to brag they are living in a house once owned by one of the world's greatest artists, they'll also get Michelangelo's original signed deed for the property, which refers to him as a "dear sculptor and Florentine citizen."

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