Aretha Franklin’s Detroit mansion sells for €265,000

The 1927 home is one of several belonging to the late soul singer

Aretha Franklin’s Detroit mansion: the house sold for $300,000, or just under €265,00. Photograph:  AP

Aretha Franklin’s Detroit mansion: the house sold for $300,000, or just under €265,00. Photograph: AP

 

A Detroit mansion that was owned by Aretha Franklin has been sold for $300,000. The 520sq m (5,600sq ft) brick home, built in 1927 adjacent to Detroit Golf Club, fetched $300,000, or just under €265,000, in a sale last month, the Detroit News reported.

The great soul singer died in her Detroit riverfront apartment in August, from pancreatic cancer, at the age of 76. She sold more than 75 million records and won 18 Grammy awards. She had been in poor health since 2010.

The Detroit News reported that Franklin bought the house in 1993 and nearly lost it in 2008 because of unpaid property taxes. A 385sq m (4,148sq ft) colonial-style home in Bloomfield Township, in the city’s suburbs, is still listed for $800,000, or just over €700,000.

Queen of Soul: Aretha Franklin, who died in August, in 1968. Photograph: Express/Getty
Queen of Soul: Aretha Franklin, who died in August, in 1968. Photograph: Express/Getty

A representative for the Franklin estate, Sabrina Garrett-Owens, said “no other Detroit properties” were owned by the Queen of Soul. In September, it was revealed that Franklin died without a will, meaning the process of dividing up her wealth is likely to play out in public.

Those who paid tribute to Franklin following her death included the former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and the current president, Donald Trump. Clinton, at whose 1993 inauguration gala Franklin performed, said in a joint statement with his wife, Hillary Clinton: “She will forever be the Queen of Soul and so much more to all who knew her personally and through her music. Our hearts go out to her family and her countless fans.” – Guardian