(WJBK) - Coming up this week, fans can own a piece of history as the Motown Mansion begins selling collectables in both an estate sale and a live online global auction.
Once belonging to Motown Records Founder Berry Gordy Jr., the 100-year-old home was sold in August for more than $1.6 million. Gordy lived there from 1967-1969 as Motown stars The Supremes, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder solidified themselves in American musical history.
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Fans can buy things like:
- A Steinway piano played by the likes of Smokey Robinson
- Never-before-seen Gordy home movies and slides
- A selection of Motown awards
- An engraved goblet from Hazel Joy and Jermaine Jackson's wedding
- An organizational chart from a Diana Ross and the Supremes tour
The sale is combination of both an estate sale and a global auction. The three-day estate sale will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 12-14. There you'll find original pressings of Motown singles, household goods, antiques and hundreds of 45 records from Gordy's record storage. Admission is $5 and you can find more information by clicking here.
As for the live global auction, you can begin pre-bidding starting today by clicking here. The auction begins 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. Not only can you bid via phone or Internet, you can participate inside the mansion at 7 p.m. in the Athletic House, but seating and standing room is limited. Certificates of authenticity will be provided for items bought online.
On Thursday and Friday, Motown artists and other special visitors will stop by to sign autographs, including The Vandellas, Kim Weston, Duke Fakir of The Four Tops, Joe Harris, and members of The Funk Brothers and The Contours.
Built in 1917, the luxurious Italian Renaissance style mansion sits on a 2.2-acre lot and boasts 10 bedrooms over the 10,500 square-foot main residence along with an 1100 square-foot apartment with 3 bedrooms, a five-car carriage house, and athletic facilities. The mansion also featured a limestone entry hall, a living room with Black Walnut paneling and Italian Marble fireplace.