400-year-old Italian villa up for auction
Miss the opportunity to reclaim this Tuscan villa and it could be centuries before it returns to the market.
After 400 years in the hands of the Cecchi de’Rossi family, Villa Guardatoia and a neighboring farmhouse, Casa Natalino, are expected to be auctioned from June 24 without reservation. Concierge Auctions manages the auction.
Set on 18.5 acres in the hills of Tuscany near the town of Pescia, the 12 bedroom main house was built in the 1600s as a summer residence and never left the family until present, according to Mansion Global.
Casa Natalino was originally the home of the farmer who looked after the property. It has since been transformed into three apartments with a total of seven bedrooms and four bathrooms.
The property includes a working vineyard and an olive grove of 450 trees. There is also a swimming pool, gardens, lawns and wooded areas.
An unqualified bid means that there is no minimum bid required; the property will be sold regardless of the price.
Concierge Auctions recently managed the auction of Villa Firenze, a sprawling Los Angeles estate once listed for $ 165 million. It sold for $ 51 million, setting a new record for the most expensive property sold at auction.
Not all auctions result in a sale. An auction for an 80-acre California estate has been called off by the owner. The hammer fell at Stuart Rubin’s Beverly Hills mansion auction last year, but that deal was canceled after the fact for unclear reasons.
Concierge has come under scrutiny in the past, including allegations that he used bogus bidders to artificially drive up prices. The firm was prosecuted at least 10 times between 2014 and 2019 for the alleged practice.
[Mansion Global] – Dennis Lynch