This Sopranos Actor Has Made A Small Fortune Selling Art

By on February 14, 2018 in ArticlesCelebrity News

You may not recognize the name Federico Castelluccio, but fans of The Sopranos know him as Furio Giunta. He's no stranger to playing the enforcer role, but he also has a softer side as an art enthusiast.

And he got some pretty fantastic inspiration from the role that made him famous. On a trip to Florence in 2008, Castelluccio saw a famous painting by Piero della Francesca depicting the Duke and Duchess of Urbino.

Federico liked the painting so much, he decided to recreate the piece. Only his version featured Tony and Carmela Soprano.

A Canadian oil executive saw the piece and offered Castelluccio $175,000 for it. Not too shabby for the same thing fans have probably done while playing around with Photoshop.

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That would be entertaining enough, but Castelluccio found even more luck with art. At an auction, he purchased a piece advertised as an 18th-century work. As it turns out, it was actually a piece by early 17th-century artist Guercino.

For the non-artists in the room, scoring a Guercino work of art a huge deal. Castelluccio spent $140,000 on the painting. After having it tested and restored, the value of the piece is worth $10 million.

Castelluccio can buy a ton of silk shirts with that money.

Articles Written by Joey Held
If there's a story anywhere in the world of music, sports, or entertainment, Joey wants to tell it. He's been freelancing since 2010, and prior to that, he attended the University of Miami, where he double majored in broadcast journalism and sport administration. A Chicago native, Joey currently resides in Austin, TX. Follow him on Twitter and always feel free to suggest a song for his next karaoke performance. Joey's favorite billionaire is Mark Cuban.
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