Picasso's granddaughter to sell artist's Cannes villa to 'turn page on painful history'

Picasso bought the villa in 1955, where he painted one of his most celebrated works: The Bay of Cannes

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Picasso's granddaughter Marina is set to sell his Cannes villa because she is haunted by memories of her "indifferent" grandfather.

Marina, 64, discussed the proposed sale of 'La Californie' – Picasso’s legendary home in Cannes – in an exclusive interview with Nice-Matin.

Picasso bought the villa in 1955, where he painted one of his most celebrated works: The Bay of Cannes. He moved out in 1961, after a new building blocked his view of the sea. Marina, whose father was Picasso’s son by his first wife Olga Khokhlova, inherited it when she was 22.

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Spanish painter Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973) in his villa 'La Californie' at Cannes

As well as the villa, Marina plans to sell 126 unique ceramic works created in Madura, Vallauris, between 1947 and 1965; a quarter of the ones she was left . Sotheby’s expects them to fetch up to 6-8 million euros (£5.9 million).

An offer has reportedly already been made on the villa, for a reported 150 million euros (£110 million), but she says it is not for sale just yet.

"Life changes, my five children are grown-up," she said. "This will be, for me, a way to turn the page on a painful history."

"This is not a house where I have many good memories. I saw very little of my grandfather. Looking back, I understand that he was captivated by painting and that nothing had more importance.  Only, when we are children we don’t see it like that.”

Discussing the recent record-breaking sale of Picasso’s Les Femmes D’Alger (Version 0), Marina said: "[The sale] proves that his status remains. This shows the intensity of his genius and strength."

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