An Istanbul villa once occupied by the Marxist revolutionary Leon Trotsky during his exile from Stalin's Russia in 1929 has been put on the market for $4.4 million.
When Leon Trotsky was exiled from the Soviet Union in 1929, he took refuge in several countries.
He made his first home in the huge mansion on the island of Buyukada, which is one of the four Princes' Islands in the Sea of Marmara and a popular day-trip destination accessible via ferry from the Turkish metropolis Istanbul.
Located on Buyukada Island near Istanbul, the three-storied, 3,600 square meter mansion boasts 18 rooms and 5 bathrooms.
Trotsky wrote his famous books “History of the Russian Revolution” and his autobiography “My Life” during his stay at the island.
Until France offered him asylum in 1933, Trotsky lived in the house which was also known as the Yanaros Mansion.
Trotsky later left France for Norway before finally settling in Mexico. He reportedly had an affair with the painter Frida Kahlo in Mexico before he was murdered in his study with an ice-pick in 1940.
The old house is now on the market for $4.4m, however, whoever buys this real estate is required not to use it as a private home, because as of four years ago it was designated as a public cultural facility.
“Whoever is willing to buy this house has to be from a family of philanthropists like the Medici of Italy, to have lots of money, to be devoted to art, so they can restore the house and present it for culture lovers,” said Atilla Aytac, mayor of the Adalar district.
Restoration of the ruin will cost at least £600,000, local people and real estate agents estimate.