A couple of weeks ago I had told you about Kenny Rogers getting ready to auction off his mansion in Athens, Georgia. Turns out Kenny didn't need the auction and sold it before it took place, although not without the flair of a real showman.
According to onlineathens.com, the auction was all set to start on Tuesday, June 26th, with bidders coming from all over the country with their $100,000 registered checks in hand (what you had to have to be able to bid), when the auction was suddenly and without explanation called off.
Later on, a lawyer took the podium and told those in attendance, "Kenny has decided to take the house off the market."
On Wednesday, the auction company explained that Kenny had sold the property for $2.25 million. The appraisal price had been $3.5 million.
The website that had been set up to help publicize the auction said:
On a beautiful sunny Georgia afternoon bidders came forward for the once in a lifetime opportunity to bid on the famed "Lake House" estate designed and owned by The Gambler himself, Kenny Rogers. Interest for the property came from far and wide, as is typical for a Grand Estates auction. Over 11,000 people visited the auction website, 270 prospective buyers inquired from 16 states and Canada, 80 groups previewed the home, and 12 bidders registered for the auction. "It was a great sale today and the Gambler's bet paid off. Both Kenny and the buyer are very happy with the sale and look forward to closing!", stated Scott Kirk, VP of Grand Estates Auction.
If you're still in the market for a mega-mansion with a hefty price tag that belongs to a living country legend, there's always George Jones' place in Tennessee. It's set to be auctioned off on July 7th. Info here.