Aretha Franklin's home up for sale for US$800,000

Aretha Franklin's home up for sale for US$800,000

CHICAGO - The five-bedroom home outside Detroit where the late Aretha Franklin lived for two decades has been put up for sale for US$800,000 (S$1.1 million).

The Queen of Soul lived in the 4,148 sq ft brick mansion from the late 1990s until she moved to a downtown Detroit condominium building during the last year of her life, according to US media reports.

Franklin, who grew up singing in her father's Detroit church and used her explosive voice to power such songs as Respect and (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, died on Aug 16 of cancer after a legendary six-decade career.

Her two-storey home, which features a marble-floored kitchen and a sauna, is located in a gated community in Bloomfield Township.

Fans pay tribute to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin

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    Aretha Franklin, the preacher's daughter whose powerful voice made her the long-reigning "Queen of Soul" with such hit songs as Respect and Chain Of Fools, died on Thursday (Aug 16) at the age of 76, officials said.

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    Franklin, who won 18 Grammy Awards and had some 25 gold records, died at her home in Detroit surrounded by family and loved ones, her publicist said.

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    She had been battling advanced pancreatic cancer.

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    Franklin's heyday extended into the early 1970s as she dominated the music charts with I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You), Baby, I Love You, Chain Of Fools, Think, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, Do-Right Woman and Respect, a cover of a Redding tune that became a song of empowerment during the civil rights era.

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    Franklin's popularity faded, then revived in the mid-1980s with songs such as Freeway Of Love, a duet with George Michael named I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me), Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves, Who's Zoomin' Who? and a cover of the Rolling Stones' Jumpin' Jack Flash.

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    Franklin also inspired a generation of singers.

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    Franklin received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005

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    Franklin was privately known to be shy, moody, imperious and difficult.

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    She often did not get along with other women singers, including her sisters, could be quick to fire underlings and was erratic when it came to showing up for concerts and appointments.

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The suburb was identified by Bloomberg as the most expensive real estate market in the Midwestern state of Michigan.

Franklin bought the home in 1997 for US$1.2 million, according to The Detroit News.

The musical icon died without leaving a will to specify what should happen to her estimated US$80 million estate, according to media reports.

Her four adult sons are expected to be the heirs.

Julien's Auctions plans to sell more than 30 of Franklin's dresses at auction in New York in November.

The outfits were expected to fetch up to US$4,000 each.

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