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Bids rolling in for Ingmar Bergman's island home

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Bids rolling in for Ingmar Bergman's island home
15:53 CEST+02:00
The island home of legendary Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman has now gone up for auction, the company charged with the sale said on Tuesday.

According to Joachim Wrang Widen, European director for Christie's Great Estates, several parties had expressed an interest in buying the property, estimated to be worth up to €4 million ($5.4 million).

"We launched the bids on Monday and we've already had a lot of interest," Widen told AFP.

Offers ranged from three to four million euros at present, he added.

Built on the coast of the remote Swedish island of Fårö in 1967 after Bergman fell in love with the location, the property is split into four individual buildings, one of which served as the director's own personal cinema.

The house is typically Swedish in style, made entirely of wood and surrounded by sand dunes, pine trees and rocks.

Bergman shot a number of his films there, including "Scenes from a Marriage".

A Swedish foundation had wanted to buy the house and sought funds to turn the house into a museum dedicated to his life and work.

But they told the Swedish press Tuesday that they did not have enough money to make an offer.

The property is currently owned by Bergman's estate.

Bergman died on July 30, 2007 at the age of 89 after directing more than 40 films during a career that spanned the second-half of the 20th century.

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