David Cassidy, 65, whose hit tracks include “Cherish” and “I Think I Love You,” once had girls swinging to his racy numbers. Also known for his role as Keith Partridge in the popular sitcom The Partridge Family, the baby-faced star had it all in the ‘70s, but in recent years, things have spiraled out of control—so much so that his house has now officially been put up for auction.
In 2001, Cassidy had acquired a huge five-bedroom villa by the water in Fort Lauderdale for a whopping $1.1 million. He then spent the next five years renovating his house from the ground up—everything from the stained wood floors to the patio and pool were refurbished.
Most of the furniture in the home will be included with the house’s auction price, according to the company handling the sale (Fisher Auction Co.).
In order to actually participate in the auction, which was held on September 9, interested bidders reportedly had to prove that they had assets or financing exceeding $3 million. The highest bid so far being offered by four different registered buyers is $1.8 million and will go under the hammer for approval next week.
The sale of the former heartthrob’s home comes after a string of other personal and financial pitfalls. In 2013, Cassidy’s wife of 23 years separated from him and filed for a divorce in February 2014, a month after Cassidy was caught driving under the influence of alcohol for the third time. Shortly after his wife filed for divorce, he ended up going to rehab.
Meanwhile, Cassidy’s debt has run into hundreds of thousands of dollars that he owes to various different creditors, including the likes of Wells Fargo, American Express, and Citibank. Cassidy was forced to file for bankruptcy protection in February 2015 with debts and assets listed up to $10 million.
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