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David Cassidy home auctioned after bankruptcy filing

The once baby-faced star spent five years refurbishing everything from the stained pine floors to the pool and patio

  • The front door of the 7,000 square-foot, five-bedroom waterfront house of former TV star and teen idol David CImage Credit: REUTERS
  • Pianos sit in a small nook of the 7,000 square-foot, five-bedroom waterfront house of former TV star and teen Image Credit: REUTERS
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Former TV star and teen idol David Cassidy auctioned off his Florida home on Wednesday after a bankruptcy filing, the break-up of his third marriage and several arrests for drunken driving.

Cassidy, 65, whose hits Cherish and I Think I Love You had teenage girls swooning in the 1970s, bought the 650 square-metre, five-bedroom waterfront house in Fort Lauderdale for about $1.1 million (Dh4 million) in 2001.

The highest price offered by four registered bidders was $1.8 million. The price will go before a bankruptcy judge for approval next week.

The once baby-faced star of The Partridge Family TV series spent five years refurbishing everything from the stained pine floors to the pool and patio and installing heavy wood doors recovered from a razed Mexican church. Much of the furniture was included in the auction price, according to Fisher Auction Co.

Cassidy filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this year, listing assets and debts of up to $10 million.

The bankruptcy filing followed three arrests for drunken driving since 2010 and a court-ordered stay in rehab.

In 2014, Cassidy’s third wife, Sue, filed for divorce after 23 years of marriage.

Bidders for Cassidy’s home were asked to show proof of financing or assets in excess of $3 million in order to take part in Wednesday’s auction.

Cassidy appeared in several stage shows after his career as a solo singer declined, and played an ageing former teen heartthrob in the short-lived 2009 TV comedy Ruby & the Rockits. He was also a member of the Celebrity Apprentice reality TV show in 2011.

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