A countess who died in 1992 is said to have left her fortune to the dog's grandfather. Netflix has taken up this legendary tale for a documentary.
A larger-than-life dog might just make you feel insecure today. Gunther VI, worth £65 million (about $79 million), is living luxuriously in a mansion previously owned by Madonna. But like any other A-list celebrity, the dog's life is also full of controversies. And a recent documentary claims the dog's lifestyle has some deep dark secrets.
The rich German Shepherd was the beneficiary of a trust. His Miami estate is a nine-bedroom, eight-and-a-half-bath that was formerly owned by Madonna. Gunther VI inherited the estate and after it was listed for $31.75 million in November, the home sold for $29 million, reports PEOPLE.
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The legendary tale hails back to the late German Countess Karlotta Leibenstein. She died in 1992 and left no heirs to the wealth she possessed. She adored her pooch, Gunther III - grandfather of Gunther VI. So, she willed her entire wealth in the name of her beloved pooch, which was around $80 million.
As reports suggest, she had no children or close relatives. Some people who managed the property for Gunther amassed a fortune worth $50 million and bought mansions and villas around the world with Gunther's riches.
Gunther VI became an heir post his grandfather's demise. He entrusted Ruthie Assouline, a real estate agent, to manage his million-dollar property. Assouline shared: "We have sold countless multimillion-dollar homes, but this one is definitely a first."
She added, "When the handlers initially told me a dog owned the property, I didn't believe it."
Speaking of the dog, a group of loyal servants tends to Gunther VI's needs and demands. It is unbelievable that Gunther approved of the property deal with Ruthie by kissing her. She said, "During our first meeting with Gunther, he ran up to me, gave me a huge slobbery kiss, and licked off my lipstick. I think that is what really sealed the deal!"
The property measures 8,400 square feet, which means he has plenty of space to walk around leisurely, but he has a royal taste and prefers Madonna's former bedroom to lounge in. "He sleeps in a custom-created round Italian red velvet bed on the floor of Madonna's old bedroom," a source told PEOPLE. "Gunther lives the good life!"
A fairy-tale life like this deserves documentation. Netflix is preparing to release a documentary on the legendary dog's life and his accumulated wealth. But, director Aurelien Leturgie sniffs some secrets behind the mythical story.
As per The Daily Star, speaking about Gunther's historical facts, Leturgie said: "The story sounds bonkers. So, naturally, we were intrigued right from the start. And over the years, the media have reported stories about Gunther, but this time, we were able to get unprecedented access."
"No one has gotten the kind of access we got to tell the story fully and to dig deeper," he added.
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His claims suggest that the German countess, Liebenstein, never existed. The pup's luxurious life is a myth, he said. Leturgie believes this tale is fabricated and holds no truth. The countess's son's friend Maurizio Mian, who was assigned to take care of Gunther and his wealth after Liebenstein's son, died by suicide.
Leturgie talks about Maurizio's involvement in the story and says, "We later learned that Maurizio is very attached to the story of the countess and the son of the countess. I will say these are... characters that represent something deep to him. We had to dig deeper to understand that."
The executive producer of the documentary, Emilie Dumay said, "He lives between reality and fantasy. And for him, losing the story of the countess and the son was a very big hit. It's something that has been with him for so long. It became part of his identity."
Netflix's documentary, Gunther's Millions, clears the air and reportedly proves that countess Leibenstein did not exist. It is just a way to save the fortune from Italian taxes.
Leturgie added, "Every good story has secrets. But I think we have done everything we could to reveal everything we have learned."