*Folks can own a part of Detroit’s historical musical past by taking part in an estate sale and live global auction of items from “Motown Mansion.”
The 10,500-square-foot (975-square-meter) home once owned by Motown Records’ founder Berry Gordy Jr. will be cleared of its contents in early October, according to MLive.
Gordy lived in the house during the label’s heyday from 1967-1969, when the roster included such stars as The Supremes, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder.
He sold it to Cynthia Reaves in 2002, and Reaves sold the property in August, leaving her with a wealth of memorabilia to offload, including Gordy’s Steinway piano, jewelry, photos of Gordy with Motown stars and original pressings of Motown singles.
“We want to have this amazing event,” said Aaron Siepierski, owner of Aaron’s Estate Sales of Birmingham.
Cookware, furniture and regular household items will also hit the block at the three-day estate sale, dates of which will be finalized by the second week of September. The auction event could feature a visit from Motown stars, MLive reported.
Siepierski said some of the personal property that came with the house belonged to Diana Ross.
“As we got into the items and history … we thought, ‘We can bring this to a worldwide marketplace,’” Siepierski said.