$500M+ Italian villa has its own Caravaggio mural

Location: Rome, Italy This stunning villa is going up for auction in January for over $500 million

and features an original mural by Italian master Caravaggio

(SOUNDBITE) (English) CURRENT OWNER OF VILLA AURORA, PRINCESS RITA BONCOMPAGNI LUDOVISI, SAYING: “It's the only oil on plaster painting in the world done by Caravaggio, ceiling painting, in the entire world. It's called Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto, Giove Nettuno e Plutone.”

The villa was originally built as a hunting lodge in the 16th century

Caravaggio painted the ceiling of this small room in 1597 when he was in his twenties

The estate also has a statue of the deity Pan by Michelangelo

(SOUNDBITE) (English) OWNER OF VILLA AURORA, PRINCESS RITA BONCOMPAGNI LUDOVISI, SAYING: "I had hoped to make the villa into a museum but that’s not to be.”

Princess Rita Boncompagni Ludovisi, a former actress and TV journalist from Texas

has lived in the villa for 18 years

and has been carrying out tours for the past decade

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