The Spanish film set used for Spaghetti Western movies by director Sergio Leone has been put up for sale.
Eight hectares of land in the Tabernas Desert, in the south-eastern province of Almeria – used for Leone’s classic Western film ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ in 1968 – are now available to buy.
During the 1960´s some of the biggest studios in Hollywood descended upon Spain to shoot such classics as “Dr Zhivago” and “El Cid”, as well as the popular Spaghetti Western genres.
The set – now a thriving tourist attraction – was also later used in movies such as ‘The Apache Kid’, ‘Buddy Goes West’, ‘Rustlers’, ‘Rhapsody’, and ‘Those Dirty Dogs’.
Jose Ruda, manager of the Rukasa Group property company, said: “We are talking about a unique asset with a lot of history and good memories. Many films have been shot here.
“It is a tourist attraction and projects can continue to be filmed there. The facilities also boast Indian and Mexican villages.
“It is a shame that the property has to be sold, but the owners are elderly and have already decided to take this step and enjoy a more peaceful life.”
The site, named Western Leone after the legendary Italian film director Sergio Leone, is currently used as a theme park for film buffs and as a shooting location.
The park features special attractions and horse riding shows to wow fans of classic Spaghetti Westerns and cowboy films of yesteryear.
As well as being a theme park and film studio, Western Leone is also used as a set for adverts of well-known car brands, communications companies, and even music videos.
Lebanese-British singer Mika filmed the video for his hit ‘Boum Boum Boum’ at the theme park.