For Sale: a Piece of Matisse

The Matisse house on Cours Saleya in NiceUpdate: Going once… Going twice… SOLD!  …For 3,285,000€!

Are you a Matisse super-fan?  Well, here is your chance to buy a piece of Matisse.  Not a painting, not an artifact, but something even rarer: the actual apartment in Old Nice where Matisse lived and painted from 1921 to 1938, his most joyous and prolific period.

Matisse and his family lived on the third floor with a view out on to the bustling Cours Saleya market, but in 1927 moved up to the 4th floor penthouse with the full wrap-around terrace and views of the market and the sea, which is the apartment that’s for sale.

Located at the top of Cours Saleya at 1 Place Charles Book cover showing a Matisse painting of a window looking out on the seaFelix, the penthouse apartment has 4 rooms over 1,690 square feet (157m2). It will be auctioned off online here with bids accepted for 24-hours between November 8/9, with a starting bid of 1,785,000€.   Check out these photos

One of my most prized coffee table books is a thick long-out-of-print retrospective (in English!) of Matisse’s masterpieces from his time in Old Nice, most painted right in this apartment.  If you can’t afford the flat, you might at least be able to afford the book …if you’re lucky enough to find it from a used book dealer online!

See related page: The Matisse Museum in Nice

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