You Can Buy Michelangelo's Tuscan Farmhouse for $7.5 Million

Handsome Properties, (U.S. Brokerage November 2015)
Handsome Properties, (U.S. Brokerage November 2015)

Love Italian Renaissance art and have a cool $7.5 million burning a hole in your pocket? The Tuscan villa of legendary sculptor, architect, and Sistine Chapel painter Michelangelo is currently on the market, TopTenRealEstateDeals.com reports.

Michelangelo was in his early seventies when he purchased the property and its surrounding lands in 1549. After his death, the property was passed down through the artist's family for more than 300 years; its last owner reportedly preserved and modernized the home before putting it on the market.

Other than an impressive legacy, the residence comprises three multi-story buildings and boasts 10 bedrooms, a lemon orchard, Chianti vineyards, and an olive grove and olive oil mill.

The entire six-acre compound—along with a copy of the home’s original deed, which refers to Michelangelo as a “dear sculptor and Florentine citizen”can be yours for $7.5 million. While that might seem like a bargain to some art aficionados, finding a buyer for this rolling estate has not been easy.

The historic home first hit the market in 2015, with a price tag of $8 million. Nearly three years later, it's still looking for the perfect buyer. Could a $500,000 price drop be the answer? Only time will tell. If it sounds like the home you've always dreamed of, you can check out the full listing, courtesy of Handsome Properties International, here. Or browse through the photos below.

Michelangelo's Tuscan farmhouse is on the market in Italy

Michelangelo's Tuscan farmhouse is on the market in Italy

Michelangelo's Tuscan farmhouse is on the market in Italy

All photos courtesy of Handsome Properties, (U.S. Brokerage November 2015)

[h/t TopTenRealEstateDeals.com]

A Resin-Preserved KFC Drumstick Can Be Yours for $100

Kentucky for Kentucky
Kentucky for Kentucky

Many devoted KFC fans love the chain's crispy fried chicken for its signature taste and mouthwatering aroma. If you just love the way the chicken looks, now you can keep it on your shelf to admire forever. As Food & Wine reports, Kentucky for Kentucky is selling whole KFC drumsticks encapsulated in resin for $100.

Kentucky for Kentucky, an independent organization that promotes the Bluegrass State, unveiled the jars of "Chick-Infinity" on its website earlier in June. The chicken pieces are authentic Colonel's original recipe drumsticks sourced from a KFC restaurant in Coal Run, Kentucky. While they were at their golden-brown peak, Kentucky artist Coleman Larkin submerged them in 16-ounce Mason jars filled with clear resin "with all the care of a Southern mamaw putting up greasy beans for the winter." 

KFC drumstick in a jar.
Kentucky for Kentucky

The project, part of Larkin's Dixieland Preserves line of Southern-themed resin encapsulations (which also includes the preserved poop of a Kentucky Derby winner), aims to present the iconic Kentucky product in a new way. "Honestly, is there anything better than biting into a warm, crispy KFC drumstick after a day at the lake?" Kentucky for Kentucky writes in a blog post, "we wanted to capture that feeling in a product that didn’t disappear into a pile of bones as soon as it’s opened."

Only 50 of the finger-licking artworks were created, and at $100 a piece, they're worth the price of several KFC family buckets. You can grab one while they're still available from the Kentucky for Kentucky online store.

[h/t Food & Wine]

This Vincent Van Gogh Action Figure Comes Complete with Removable Ears

Today Is Art Day, Amazon
Today Is Art Day, Amazon

Historians still don’t know how Vincent van Gogh lost his left ear, or for that matter, how much of it was actually lopped off. However, as Bored Panda reports, Today Is Art Day decided to take historic liberties in the name of nerdy fun and created a mini van Gogh action figure, complete with two completely detachable ears.

Today Is Art Day developed a prototype of the 5-inch PVC figurine back in 2017, and to bring it to the art-loving masses, they launched a Kickstarter campaign. Backers who contributed $28 Canadian dollars (around $21 USD) scored their own van Gogh action figure.

A van Gogh action figure next to a miniature 'Starry Night' painting
Today Is Art Day, Amazon

A boxed Vincent van Gogh action figure
Today Is Art Day, Amazon

Fans who missed out on the Kickstarter the first time around can buy one on Amazon now for $24. He even comes in a box decorated with miniature, cut-out replicas of his Sunflowers (1888) and The Starry Night (1889).

Today Is Art Day has since branched out to produce a whole host of other figurines based on famous icons, from other artists like Frida Kahlo and Gustav Klimt to scientific luminaries like Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein.

[h/t Bored Panda]

A version of this article first ran in 2017. It has been updated to reflect current availability.

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