April 1, 2018
Time and again, spectacular works of art fetch record prices. A recent example of this is the painting “Salvator Mundi” by Leonardo da Vinci that was sold at auction for $ 450 million. Particularly in the art world, it is primarily factors like the signiﬁcance of a work of art, or artist, that determine their appeal and inﬂuence the value of such objects. Similar principles apply to exceptional pieces of real estate, which not infrequently change owners for collector’s prices. I am proud of the fact that our portfolio comprises very special, art-related properties. Some of these exhibit artistic elements, others are themselves works of art thanks to their architectural style. An example of this is the Haus Zuckerkandl villa in Jena that was designed and built by Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius in 1928. It is not only the building itself, which has been preserved, but also some of its original ﬁttings and furniture. Another special piece of real estate is the 14th century Het Steen chateau in Belgium. Among its owners was the famous painter Peter Paul Rubens, who refurbished the estate in the Flemish renaissance style and immortalized the chateau in several of his paintings. In Tyrol, on the other hand, there is a medieval castle for sale whose ceiling frescoes were painted by Baroque-era artist Stephan Kessler.
Preeminent architects also create buildings of major importance today. Some of these masterpieces stand out because they feature an interplay of light and geometric shapes. Richard Meier is regarded as the ultimate light expert. His architectural style is characterized by combining the color white and wide window frontages to create brightness and transparency. Among his most important works are the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. I am particularly delighted that we have been able to sign up Richard Meier as an architect for a new building project that we are currently developing in Hamburg’s HafenCity, which will comprise, among other things, our new Engel & Völkers corporate headquarters as well as a 15-ﬂoor residential tower with exclusive condominiums. No matter whether you prefer modern or historical architecture, on the following pages you will – as always – ﬁnd a selection of the world’s most stunning real estate.