A JEWEL OF THE FRENCH RIVIERA, THE LEOPOLDA VILLA.

11 December 2016

A breathtaking view of the Mediterranean from the heights of Villefranche sur Mer, a park of eight hectares, prestigious owners, distinguished guests and, finally, a rocambolesque canceled sale and the temporary title of the most expensive villa in the world, these are the ingredients that make the Leopolda a real, truly exceptional place.

390 million euros, is the sum for which the Russian oligarch Mikhail Prokhorov bought the villa, owned by Lily Safra, widow of Edmond Safra, on July 23th 2008, paying 39 million euros as a deposit, before finally withdrawing on December 16th, 2008, ie one week after the date fixed for the final signature.

After a legal battle that will last until 2012, the Court of Cassation dismissed Mikhail Prokhorov's request to recover his security deposit, which Lily Safra will donate to charities and medical research organizations.

Formerly owned by King Leopold II of Belgium, then, among others, by an American designer, before becoming property of Fiat boss, Giovanni Agnelli in the 1950s and finally bought in 1985 by the spouses Safra, the Villa Leopolda indeed has enough to fascinate and to instigate the greeds.

The property sheltered numerous parties, mattering among the guests the Grimaldis, princess Firyal of Jordan, prince Amyn Aga Khan, Christina Onassis. It is also here that Hitchcock shooted To Catch a Thief with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, future Princess of Monaco.

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