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A castle from ‘The Godfather’ is up for grabs

A castle from ‘The Godfather’ is up for grabs

A 200-year-old castle near Sicily’s Ionian coast that remains intact has gone up for sale - giving film buffs a chance to own a piece of cinematic history for just €6 million ($AUD 9.49 or $NZD 10 million).

The castle - complete with 22 rooms, its own park and commissioned artworks - isn’t the only structure for sale either, with a gothic-inspired chapel filled with art and frescoes also included in the estate, according to representatives for Sotheby’s International Realty.

The 200-year-old castle has been listed for sale for an eye-watering price. Image: Sotheby’s International Realty

In the 1960s and ‘70s, the Sicilian castle was used as the set for several films, including 1969’s That Splendid November and Francis Coppola’s Godfather: Part III.

The final instalment in Coppola’s trilogy, released on Christmas Day in 1990, follows Al Pacino’s Michael Corleone as he attempts to fix his failing marriage, connect with his estranged children, and find a successor to pass his criminal enterprise onto so he can leave the life of organised crime for good.

Though it was poorly received by audiences, the film was nominated for seven Oscars and also serves as the source of one of The Godfather’s iconic lines: “just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in”.

Movie historians are sure to recognise the property from Godfather: Part III, which featured shots of the interior and exterior. Image: Sotheby’s International Realty

The sale of the nearly 4000-square-metre castle comes shortly after the home from A Nightmare On Elm Street hit the market, which sold on Halloween 2021.

However, homes with a history on the silver screen are more likely to be listed for temporary stays through Airbnb and other platforms for special, often exclusive, events, with recent examples including a recreation of Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment from Sex and the City and the Chicago home that was filled with Kevin’s traps in 1992’s Home Alone.

Image: Getty Images / Sotheby’s International Realty