Michael Jordan's Chicago-area estate up for auction
By Mary Wisniewski
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Chicago-area mansion belonging to American basketball star and NBA franchise owner Michael Jordan goes up for auction on Monday, according to a real estate auction house.
The 56,000-square-foot (5,200 square-meter) home on more than seven acres in the northern Chicago suburb of Highland Park has a regulation-size basketball court, a putting green, tennis court, nine bedrooms and 15 full and four half bathrooms.
The estate is scheduled to be auctioned Monday night live for in-person bidding and by phone, said Lauren Hovey, a spokeswoman for the auctioneer, Concierge Auctions.
The Jordan home, known as Legend Point, was previously offered for $29 million, according to New York-based Concierge. It includes a "gentlemen's retreat" with a billiard parlor, library, full wet bar, and the original doors from the Chicago Playboy Mansion.
"I have so many amazing, happy memories of my life in the house over the years," Jordan said in a Concierge statement. "It's where my kids grew up. It's where I lived during my championship years.
Jordan said that while he still had business interests in Chicago, where he was a star with the Chicago Bulls basketball team, he didn't need such a large house there now that his children are grown.
Jordan has three adult children from his 17-year marriage to Juanita Venoy, which ended in divorce in 2006.
Jordan and his new wife, Yvette Prieto, are expecting their first child, according to media reports. No due date was reported. Jordan, 50, and Prieto were married in April in Florida. Continued...