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Former ‘The Crowne’ building up for auction

July 5, 2020 | 12:07 am

Updated July 4, 2020 | 9:35 pm

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One of Owensboro’s historic downtown buildings is up for auction this month, as are the items inside the building that include antiques, original oil paintings and collectibles. 

The auction will take place at 10 a.m. July 16 in front of the building at 107 E. Second St. The first hour of the auction will begin with selling off some items inside, and the building bidding starts at 11 a.m.   

Clay Taylor, auctioneer at Kurtz Auction & Realty, said prices on properties in the downtown market have been higher than what it has been in the past.

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“We’re in a good climate for auctions,” Taylor said. “(The owners) were interested in a different method in order to sell a property and get the most out of it. So we thought an auction would be the best route for that.”

The updated property boasts 4,849 square feet of space with state-of-the-art electronics on the second level, which was formerly used as a 16-seat theater room and an apartment area with full bath. The main level features an entry foyer, large open area ideal for offices or retail and kitchen that’s the “perfect investment opportunity.”

“What we got is a collection of stuff from this owner and the previous two owners that’s got a really cool collection of goods that doesn’t come available that often,” Taylor said. “With COVID-19 precautions, what we’re doing is we’ll be selling from actually outside on the sidewalk.” 

There’s an open house from 4:30-6 p.m. Tuesday for people to tour the building. 

Taylor said newcomers to the auction scene shouldn’t be intimated.

“It’s not as fast-paced as you see on TV where you can’t get caught up and not be able to think you’re going to bid on something,” Taylor said. “I encourage people to show up.”

July 5, 2020 | 12:07 am

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