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Berry Gordy Detroit Motown Mansion Memorabilia Auction
October 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Detroit Motown Mansion Memorabilia Simulcast Auction –
Epic’s Auctioneer Brad Stoecker will be assisting Aaron’s Estate Sales (Aaron’s Estate Sales Link) with this iconic auction of Motown Memorabilia including an Impressive 1927 Steinway Piano that was purchased by Berry Gordy in 1967. You can attend this auction live in-person to experience the Motown Mansion in all its splendor or you can bid in real time online from anywhere via the following link:
Link to Auction Catalog: Click HERE for Auction Catalog
Auction Preview Opens at 5:00 PM Friday Evening
Live Auction begins at 7:00 PM
Seating is limited and reserved for registered bidders.
About the Motown Mansion:
Set back from the corner of West Boston Blvd and Hamilton, in Detroit’s Historic Boston Edison District, sits a beautifully appointed villa with adjacent pool house, whose beauty is only outweighed by the history it holds within.
A century ago, 918 West Boston Blvd and its carriage house were erected by lumber magnate Nels Michelson, who then sold the stately home to Leonard A. Young. Mr. Young added the Pool House to the property in 1926. Mr. Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, purchased the home in 1967, filling its beautiful interior with art of all kinds, delighting the eyes and ears of anyone who graced its halls. Lavish parties were held in the Pool House and Ballroom, with a guest list that rivals very few others. Mr. Gordy conducted business in the Mansion until 1969, when he moved Motown Records to Los Angeles. Mr. Gordy used the Mansion as his part-time residence along with several Motown Records staff and artists in the years following. In 2002, local Attorney Cynthia Reeves approached Mr. Gordy to ask about the purchase of the home she watched from across the street as a young girl. Mr. Gordy appreciated her vision, and facilitated the sale of the home, and the contents within.
Walking the long slate approach to the home, builds the intrigue and mystery behind a house that so many of us have been curious to see inside of. The intricate plasterwork, Italian Renaissance-influenced décor with Art Nouveau touches, and rich tiling in the interior causes the jaw to drop, and the corners of the lips to curve into a satisfied, yet amazed smile. This comes even before imagining Diana Ross gracing the halls, The Jackson 5 swimming in the Pool House, and Smokey Robinson tickling the ivories on the Steinway.