For sale: A luxury Leonardo Da Vinci-designed Tuscan villa
The Da Vinci abode
The chance to own a Leonardo Da Vinci masterpiece is open to those who have between $5.6 million and $11.2 million. But this isn't an oil on canvas sort of masterpiece, like the Mona Lisa, but rather a bricks and mortar creation.
The distinctive luxury villa, set on the Livorno coast, designed by the Italian artist in the 16th century, and occasionally inhabited by him, is now on the market. Boasting a fortress-like exterior on a beautiful cliff top location on the Tuscan sea-side the villa is said to be most likely snapped up by a "foreign investor" according to real estate agents.
Comprising a vast 773-square-meters across four levels, the villa includes traditional Tuscan features such as terracotta flooring and copper eaves as well as some breathtaking sea views.
But perhaps more impressive is the cultural and historical value of the home. Not only was it designed by one of the most famous renaissance artists and inventors, but in the 19th century the home was purchased by Princess Elisa Bonaparte, the sister of French Emperor Napoleon I, and Grand Duchess of Tuscany. Certainly a desirable abode to add any property portfolio.