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When $15 million is a bargain: Buying da Vinci's villa

A Tuscan villa and former residence of Leonardo da Vinci for sale for $14.6 million.
Source: Lionard Luxury Real Estate
A Tuscan villa and former residence of Leonardo da Vinci for sale for $14.6 million.

A Tuscan villa once belonging to Leonardo da Vinci is on the market for $14.6 million, which, considering how much one of the Renaissance master's works usually costs, may be something of a bargain.

The home, with sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea, includes walls personally designed by the artist himself.

The ultimate definition of a Renaissance man, da Vinci was a renowned painter, sculptor, architect, inventor, engineer, mathematician, cartographer, anatomist and botanist. He briefly lived in the estate during the early 1500's, just a few years prior to painting his masterpiece, the Mona Lisa.

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The villa is selling for a fraction of the price of what the artist's works normally command on the art circuit. Last year, a private collector purchased da Vinci's "Salvator Mundi" for more than $75 million—down from an original asking price of $200 million yet still a sizable amount.

Hollywood actor George Clooney is reportedly considering a sale of his own Italian villa for the whopping price tag of $100 million, making da Vinci's home seem like a deal by comparison.

A Tuscan villa and former residence of Leonardo da Vinci for sale for $14.6 million.
Source: Lionard Luxury Real Estate.
A Tuscan villa and former residence of Leonardo da Vinci for sale for $14.6 million.

The five bedroom villa, in Livorno, Italy, was originally built in the 1400s as a military fort, and was later owned by Napoleon Bonaparte's sister, Princess Elisa Bonaparte, during the 19th century.

According to Lionard Exclusive Real Estate, which has the exclusive listing, da Vinci lodged in this dwelling as a military engineer while designing the walls that still surround the terraced gardens of the estate.

The residence might be the cheapest way to own a work created at the hand of the genius artist, who died May 2, 1519, at Château Clos Lucé, in the city of Amboise, France.

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The Mona Lisa, along with his other masterpieces, the Last Supper, Vitruvian Man and Lady with an Ermine, are collectively considered the most valuable works in the history of art, and perhaps count amongst the rarest man-made creations on the planet.