Photos: Iconic Cours Saleya apartment that once belonged to Matisse going under the gavel

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An exceptional top floor apartment at the end of the Cours Saleya that was once owned by artist Henri Matisse is going to auction in early November, with a reserve price close to €2 million. 

Originally built in the 17th century, and redeveloped and enlarged successively in the 18th and 19th centuries, the building that houses the apartment is a piece of true Niçois heritage, standing proud at the end of the Cours Saleya.

Even into the 21st century, it continues to grow with the city; its Baroque façade was recently renovated and the common areas of the sea-facing block are currently being treated to updates. 

The flat itself encompasses half of the top floor of the building and gives impressive views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Promenade des Anglais from a wraparound balcony on the south and out to the Cours Saleya to the west.  

Famed painter Henri Matisse called this place home – amongst other things – from 1927 to 1938. The great artist, who had fallen in love with the region, used the apartment as a workshop, living quarters and a place to showcase his works, many of which were produced on site. It is the second property with ties to Matisse to reach the real estate market in that last six months. 

There is 157m2 of living space, which includes with two bedrooms, as well as amenities such as a lift and a cellar or storage space. It is due for a bit of a refresh, according to the Notarial Office of JN Champagne and L Rose, the company managing the auction of the property, but it nevertheless a gem of a place that is steeped in history.  

Bids starting at €1,785,000

From 1pm on 8th November, bids starting at €1,785,000 will be accepted via the online Immo-Interactif portal for 24 hours. Bids will increase by increments of €20,000 until the sale concludes on 9th November at 1pm.  

All bidders wishing to participate must have visited the property, signed an approval request and accepted the specific conditions provided during the visit, as well as submitted an application file that includes basic personal information such as a copy of an identity document and how the property will be financed.   

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