Friday, March 14, 2003

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Erpenbeck sale draws big interest

People are avoiding his houses, but they sure want in on Bill Erpenbeck's spoils.

Saturday at noon, Semple & Associates will auction the former home builder's six-bedroom, 9,000-square-foot house in Crestview Hills to the highest bidder. Two hours later, at the Radisson Hotel at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Semple will commence a bidding free-for-all for everything in the house other than fixtures and family keepsakes.

"There's considerable interest in the belongings," Semple auctioneer Mark Euton said, "because there are a lot more people who can afford things from the house."

The house auction will be a more exclusive affair. The two-story house at 2515 Legends Way, perhaps best classified as "contempo-medieval," has an assessed tax value of $1.3 million, but - in accordance with the ultimate auction format - will sell for the highest bid Semple can muster. Euton said real estate agents have been showing the house to prospective bidders.

If it's any indication of crowd size, Euton said his company's Web site, www.semplesells.com, has had almost 10,000 visits since details of the Erpenbeck auction were posted last month.

James McNair



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