Detroit's 'Motown Mansion' holding public auction, estate sale for rare items and memorabilia

Auction, estate sale kicks off this week in Detroit

DETROIT – Here's your chance to get your hands on some rare Detroit history.

The historic 'Motown Mansion' - once home to Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr., is hosting a public auction and estate sale this week, beginning on Thursday, October 12.

"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."

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The sale consists of both an estate sale, as well as a global auction.
"The Steinway piano once owned by Gordy and played by the likes of Smokey Robinson and other Motown artists will be available at the auction as well as never before seen Gordy home movies and slides, and a selection of Motown awards," says Aaron Siepierski, owner, Aaron's Estate Sales.  

"An engraved goblet from Hazel Joy and Jermaine Jackson's wedding, an organizational chart from a Diana Ross and the Supremes tour, and more will be among the collectible items offered during this very special estate sale and auction."

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Here's the details on the estate sale and auction:

The 3-day estate sale will run daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday - Saturday, October 12-14. The sale will feature a wide selection of collectible and everyday merchandise: household goods, antiques and one-of-a-kind original Motown Records Company items acquired from Berry Gordy Jr. by the current homeowner, including original pressings of Motown singles and hundreds of 45 records from Gordy's record storage. There is a $5 per person admission to the estate sale paid the day of the sale. Additional details can be found by visiting
Pre-bidding on auction items can be done online starting today by visiting The live global auction will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 13, in the Athletic House of the Mansion. The event will be open to international bidders to acquire exclusive high-end antiques, historical Detroit objects and Motown memorabilia.  
Seating and standing room space is limited. All attendees, online and phone bidders must pre-register. Online registration is strongly encouraged. This can be done by visiting Registration can also be done at the estate sale or the door of the auction as venue capacity permits.
Motown artists and other special guests, including Duke Fakir of The Four Tops, The Vandellas, Kim Weston, members of The Funk Brothers and The Contours, and Joe Harris will be in attendance on Thursday and Friday to sign items, making them instant "collectibles." 
All Motown items purchased through the online auction will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.

Local 4's Alex Atwell takes us inside the sale - check out what is available:

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