Monday, June 15, 2009

With no rights to sell contents of mansion, did auction house do so anyway?

It has been reported – though unconfirmed – that the contents of a North Avondale mansion have been auctioned off despite the auction house having no legal standing to do so.

An anonymous commenter on both the Building Cincinnati and Victorian Antiquities and Design websites says that Jerry Ball of The Auction Gallery went ahead with the sale of furniture, fixtures, architectural details, and other items left behind by the estate of Evelyn L. Baskin.

It was revealed late last week that a "new owner", who planned to strip the 17-room, 7,870-square-foot Jacobethan Revival mansion at 4008 Rose Hill Avenue and modernize it, had no legal standing as heir to the estate.

It also was reported through several sources that U.S. Bank had foreclosed upon the property and planned to sell the property at sheriff's sale on June 18, and that the planned estate sale by Waverly House Auctions had been canceled.

The sheriff's sale is still scheduled, with a minimum bid of $140,000.

The Hamilton County Auditor website also lists Baskin as the owner of 2315 Reading Road (1918) and 338 and 342 McGregor Avenue (1911 and 1915) in Mount Auburn, all scheduled to be razed.

Building Cincinnati will continue to monitor this story as it develops.

Previous reading on BC:
CPA urges auctioneer to reconsider sale of mansion's fixtures, details (6/10/09)