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In this miniseries of twelve episodes, Ignace Meuwissen opens the doors to the real estate of the richest.
Object X - Masia Cabellut
Ignace visits Nico Van Buitenen and Peter Johnsen, owners of Masia Cabellut, offering a luxurious holiday destination and vineyard wedding venue in Northern Spain. Nestled in the welcoming town of Masllorenç, just 50km south of the vibrant, never-sleeping metropolis of Barcelona.
Object X: Martine van Hee
Meuwissen guides us into the world of Martine Van Hee and her estate, 'Dion Arabians.' Her fully integrated equestrian facility provides accommodations for 108 horses. From 2008 to 2016, Martine Van Hee bred exceptional Arabian thoroughbreds at 'Dion Arabians,' including several prize-winning specimens. Now, the estate is on the market. Martine Van Hee also takes Ignace to the annual Arabian thoroughbred auction in Maldegem, where they can meet Prince Abdulmajeed bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, among others. The prince acquires a white thoroughbred for 100,000 euros and explains that his family has been involved with thoroughbreds for generations. Martine Van Hee remarks, "It demonstrates that Belgium holds a prominent position globally regarding horses."
Object X: Paul Gheyssens
Real estate developer Paul Gheysens, known for the Ghelamco Group and also the owner of the football team Royal Antwerp FC, grew up among horses. After breaking his thumb during a practice ride on a show jumper, he wisely chose a different career path. However, his love for horses remained, particularly for Arabian purebreds. In Knokke, he manages his stable, Knocke Arabians, where everything revolves around QR Marc, the Arabian purebred that was crowned world champion in Paris in 2012. Watch the video and get an exclusive introduction to QR Marc and Knocke Arabians.
Object X: Villa Aurora
A ceiling painting by Caravaggio along with murals by Guercino in the same villa in the center of Rome, two 17th-century painters where Caravaggio was partly the inspiration for Guercino. This is what makes Villa Aurora, currently considered the most expensive residential building in the world, with a value of 470 million euros. Ignace Meuwissen is presently negotiating with several new potential owners of the villa. "Whoever buys this, buys history," he says. And today, Meuwissen takes you on a unique tour of Villa Aurora's history.
Object X: Arne Quinze
As a luxury real estate specialist, Ignace Meuwissen frequently comes into contact with various forms of investment by wealthy families. One of the favorite forms of this diversification is investment in art. Today, Ignace meets artist Arne Quinze, who's placed one of his large metal lupins on the grounds of Ooigem Castle. Quinze is a highly sought-after artist. In the video, he explains that he uses his hands to direct the crane operator who works the aluminum. "It's the symbiosis between my hands and the crane operator that makes the art," says Quinze, whose lupins also end up in the domains of Belgium's wealthiest.
Object X: Dirk Ceyssens
Last year, Limburg entrepreneur Dirk Ceyssens surprised the real estate market on the Côte d'Azur. Barely three months after he put his high-end villa in Cavalaire-sur-mer near Saint-Tropez on the market, it found a buyer. The asking price was 8.5 million euros and it was sold after being brokered by Ignace Meuwissen, a luxury real estate specialist. In this episode of Object X, we take you back to Cavalaire-sur-mer and Saint-Tropez.
Object X: Monaco
Their names are Benoît and Maxime Brizzi and Clément Cattalano. They're three young entrepreneurs who founded their real estate agency in Monaco. All three are convinced that to be a real estate specialist, you've to be anchored in Monaco to be successful in business there. To master the finer points of the craft, they turn to Ignace Meuwissen, a luxury real estate specialist with worldwide experience. Join the young entrepreneurs in one of the smallest, but equally richest and most expensive countries in the world. We also meet Limburg designer Piet Stockmans, who successfully designed the exclusive porcelain service for French celebrity chef Alain Ducasse in Monaco.
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