Aretha Franklin’s Mansion in Detroit Sells for $300,000

Aretha Franklin bought the mansion in 1993. Photograph: Express Newspapers/Getty Images

A Detroit mansion that was owned by Aretha Franklin has been sold for less than half a million dollars.

The 5,600-sq-ft brick home, built in 1927 adjacent to the Detroit Golf Club, fetched $300,000 (£233,964) in a sale last month, the Detroit News reported.

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

The News reported that Franklin bought the house in 1993 and nearly lost it in 2008, due to unpaid property taxes. A 4,148-sq-ft colonial-style home in Bloomfield Township, in the city’s suburbs, is still listed for $800,000 (£623,904).

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SOURCE: Guardian, by Amy Walker