French castle filled with Picasso murals is asking $9.6M

Let’s face it, Europe is overflowing with historic estates that are yours for the taking if you have deep pockets and a love for restorations. So on the face of it there is nothing so unusual about Château de Castille, a castle in Southern France asking roughly $9.6 million. But inside this 14th-century estate, this is a modern surprise: murals by Picasso.

The story goes that the seven-bedroom  castle 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 home is located on roughly 5 acres in Provence near the town of Uzès.  It features 6,000 square feet of living space, including two dining rooms and several kitchens. Kraft told the Journal that while the castle “definitely needs some updating,” that “structurally it’s quite sound.” That’s always a plus.