A Texas-born Italian princess is vowing to fight a court order to vacate her 16th-century Roman villa, which houses the only known $335 million Caravaggio ceiling mural.
Princess Rita Jenrette Boncompagni Ludovisi, 73, was given 60 days’ notice to leave Casino dell’Aurora last week, the latest chapter in a years-long succession dispute with her late husband’s three sons.
Ms. Boncompagni Ludovisi, a former actress, said Reuters she was “stunned” to be ordered to leave her home and appealed the decision.
The Casino dell’Aurora, located in central Rome, was built on the ancient gardens of Julius Caesar and contains artworks by renowned Italian artists, such as Guercino and Caravaggio’s Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto.
After the death of her third husband, Prince Nicolo Francesco Boncompagni Ludovisi, in 2018, Mrs. Boncompagni Ludovisi was granted permission to live in the villa for the rest of her life, according to Reuters.
If sold, the proceeds would be divided between her and her late husband’s sons.
The sons of the Italian royal family contested the terms of his will and have been involved in a protracted legal dispute ever since.
The villa has since fallen into disrepair, with an Italian court ordering its sale to settle an inheritance dispute with Prince Nicola’s sons.
It failed to sell at an online auction in January 2022, after forensic experts set a minimum bid price of $380 million (€350 million) for the mansion.
Four more auctions held at lower values also failed to find a buyer.
After the collapse of an exterior wall on the property forced the closure of a neighboring street, a judge ruled the property was not being properly maintained and issued an eviction order, according to La Repubblica.
said Mrs. Boncompagni to Ludovisi Reuters she believed she may have fallen offside with the courts after offering unauthorized paid tours of the property to help with maintenance costs.
According to the Associated Press, the mansion was built in 1570 and had belonged to the Ludovisi family since the early 1600s.
A previous listing at the Rome Tribunal auction describes it as a six-level “monumental asset” that is “among the most prestigious architectural and landscape beauties of pre-unification Rome”.
It has three garages, two roof terraces and a “splendid garden with tree essences and tall trees, walking paths, steps and resting areas”.
Mrs. Boncompagni Ludovisi has lived in the villa for 20 years, which is significant guardian in a recent interview that she devoted “all her time and resources” to it.
Before marrying her Italian prince, Ms. Boncompagni Ludovizzi worked in television and real estate in New York, and helped broker Donald Trump buy the General Motors building in 1998, 1998. Forbes.
She was previously married to former North Carolina Congressman John Jarrett.
Ms. Boncompagni Ludovisi did not immediately respond to a request for comment Independent.