Have you ever wanted to own a piece of Motown history? If you have, you are in luck because next week there will be an estate sale and global auction at the former home of Berry Gordy Jr.
When Cynthia F. Reaves purchased the home in 2002 she also purchased much of the contents.
Reaves sold the Motown Mansion for $1.65 million in August.
Now that the home has been sold, the collectible and everyday merchandise in the home will be sold.
“This home is an important part of the fabric of the City of Detroit, and the sale will allow Motown fans from Detroit to Dubai to add a permanent piece to their own collection,” said Cynthia F. Reaves, owner of the Motown Mansion. “The scope of the collection includes small items as well as impressive collection pieces. I wanted to make this an event that is available to the entire community.”
There will be a mix of one of a kind Motown Records Company items, a Steinway piano, original pressings of Motown singles, hundreds of 45 records from Gordy’s record storage, Gordy home movies and slides, a selection of Motown awards, and every day household items.
The Steinway piano was played by Smokey Robinson and other Motown artists.
The three-day estate sale and auction is being sold through Aaron’s Estate Sales of Birmingham.
The estate sale will take place Thursday, October 12 through Saturday, October 14 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Estate sale patrons will have the opportunity to have their items signed by Motown artists like Duke Fakir of The Four Tops, The Vandellas, Kim Weston, members of The Funk Brothers and The Contours, and Joe Harris
There will be an admission price of $5 per person the day of the sale. You will also need to pre-register to attend the estate sale.
The “Live Global Auction” will be held on Friday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Athletic House of the Mansion. You can pre-bid on items online starting Wednesday, October 4.
The auction will feature high-end antiques, historical Detroit objects and Motown memorabilia.
All attendees whether in person, online, or over the phone will need to pre-register either online or in person at the estate sale.