American princess kicked out of $340 million mansion in RomeApril 23, 2023
Princess Rita Jenrette Boncompagni Ludovisi, the widow of Italian noble Prince Nicolo Boncompagni Ludovisi, was evicted from her 453-year-old villa in central Rome due to an inheritance dispute with the prince's sons. The 453-year-old villa is the only known private residence in the world to house a ceiling mural painted by Caravaggio, estimated to be worth more than $340 million. The sons argued that their grandfather had always intended for the house to be left to them. Princess Rita had failed to maintain the property and violated an order forbidding her from giving paid tours. An initial auction placed the home's value at $520 million, but it failed to attract bids. The court also stated that any belongings left in the property must be "disposed of or destroyed" to prevent the destruction of artefacts.