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Mystery group buys Madonna's Miami home

Published Jul. 14, 2000|Updated Sep. 27, 2005

Madonna's waterfront mansion in Miami was purchased Wednesday for $7.5-million. There is still speculation on the buyer's identity.

Larry Schatz, a lawyer representing Madonna, confirmed the deal, but said, "I have no knowledge of who the buyers are, or what they intend to do with it."

In an apparent publicity stunt, representatives of a mystery European corporation called Gunther Corp. said the house was purchased by a German shepherd.

The dog, Gunther, will supposedly share the house with a "multimedia" musical group named The Burgundians. The group's five members attended a press conference at the house, but revealed little about who they are or their plans for their first album and television show.

According to Gunther Corp. spokesman Maurizio Mian, Gunther is the heir of German Countess Karlotta Liebenstein's $150-million trust fund. Mian once admitted to an Italian newspaper that the countess never existed.

"The money comes from Europe," said Dennis Bedard, a Miami lawyer and Gunther Corp.'s vice president. He added that the $7.5-million cash purchase "should buy a lot of credibility."

Built in 1928, the Mediterranean-style house has nine bedrooms and 8{ baths.

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Chicago Sun-Times syndicated columnist Richard Roeper, who as a young reporter sometimes filled in for Roger Ebert as a newspaper film critic, will permanently join Ebert reviewing movies on television. Roeper will sit in the critic's chair opposite Ebert on a newly named Ebert & Roeper and the Movies, Buena Vista Television said Wednesday. Roeper has been among a rotating group of guest critics on the current show, Roger Ebert & the Movies. "He has strong opinions, a good movie background and a quick sense of humor," said Ebert, who continues to write for the Sun-Times. The show was renamed after the death last year of Ebert sidekick, Chicago Tribune movie critic Gene Siskel. The original Sneak Previews became Siskel & Ebert _ both known for their thumbs-up-or-thumbs-down ratings system.

_ Compiled from Times wires.


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