Need New Furniture? Buy Chicago Bulls Star Scottie Pippen's
Thousands expected to come clean out NBA champ's former mansion this weekend.
The indoor basketball court isn't the only thing Scottie Pippen left behind when he sold his 21-room Highland Park mansion in 1996.
The retired Chicago Bulls forward left rooms filled with furniture and art for the 13,000-square-foot home's new owners, in addition to t-shirts, basketballs and other Bulls memorabilia signed by players like Michael Jordan and Pippen himself.
This weekend, Sheryl Rue-Borden hopes to sell all of it.
"It's a big job, this is the biggest one I've ever done," said Sheryl Rue-Borden, a Prudential Rubloff real estate agent who's organizing the estate sale at the 2320 Shady Lane property. "I'm thinking of doing a map."
Pippen, who custom-built the house in 1994, sold it two years later to a couple that recently died. The couple's children reached out to Rue-Borden to organize the estate sale.
"I only do estate sales for those that have lost a loved one or for seniors," Rue-Borden said. "That's my niche."
Rue-Borden has spent the last week emptying cabinets and sorting objects to prepare for the sale. Then she and her staff spent four days pricing. On Saturday and Sunday, she hopes everything goes. After hosting an estate sale in Northbrook weeks ago that brought out hundreds of people, Rue-Borden thinks thousands will turn out for this one.
"Unless I go to Hollywood, I don't know if I'll be doing another one this size."
The sale includes televisions for $10, plasma televisions for $300, designer bags for $10 and an entire roomful of luggage at prices as low as a couple of bucks. There are long rows of women's suits and gowns in the expansive master bedroom closet that belonged to the owners who bought the house from Pippen.
"I went through and took 65 bags out of the closet to be donated," Rue-Borden said, to clean up the piles of clothes that weren't hanging up. "Now, It looks like a department store."
In addition to the clothes, art and furniture available in the basement, bedrooms and living rooms, there are also piles of pots and pans available in the kitchen. China is available for $20 a set. There are also '90s relics for sale, like Beanie Babies and Pogs. There's a media room filled stacks of DVDs. The NBA memorabilia that's for sale fills up tables throughout the house.
"There's a lot in this house," Rue-Borden said, "It's a lot we've got to get rid of."
The sale begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday morning and goes until 5 p.m. both days. According to Rue-Borden, customers will be allowed in 25 at a time for 15 minutes. Cash and credit cards are accepted.
Click "View Gallery" beneath the photo to the right to watch an audio-slideshow tour of the 21-room mansion located at 2320 Shady Lane.