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Estate Sale Offers Glimpse Into Lives Of Former Detroit Power Couple Don Barden, Bella Marshall

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Items available for purchase during the estate sale of Don Barden and Bella Marshall. (Credit: estatesales.net)

Items available for purchase during the estate sale of Don Barden and Bella Marshall. (Credit: estatesales.net)

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DETROIT (WWJ) - They were one of Detroit’s wealthiest couples before their nasty break-up and now, you have the chance to experience their lavish lifestyle.

The public is invited to glimpse into the lives of the late Don Barden and Bella Marshall at an estate sale that gets underway Friday and runs through Saturday. The estate sale is being held at the couple’s mansion on Fairway Drive just south of 7 Mile Road, overlooking the Detroit Golf Course.

Items up for sale include everything from expensive gowns and furniture, to Halloween and Christmas decorations, according to the auction house running the sale.

The furniture includes a white upholstered sectional with two matching club chairs, eight turquoise leather club chairs on wheels, pair of floral upholstered wing chairs with matching ottomans, brass and glass tea cart, glass top dining table with green marble base, ten mahogany Chippendale style dining chairs, ash buffet, several brass and glass coffee tables and occasional tables, bar stools, bridge bedroom suite, youth bedroom furniture, patio furniture and more.

This home also features many framed prints and artwork, including sketches and prints about the City of Detroit and Wayne County, awards for Don and Bella Barden, Minton “Harlow” china, Waterford, Lalique, Baccarat, art glass, Chinese rugs and carpets, Oriental rugs, tons of Christmas and other holiday items, lamps, garden items, etc.

We are also featuring hundreds of ladies’ designer clothing, shoes, and accessories and costume jewelry. 

Click here to see photos of items for sale.

The couple was married for 22-years before going through a nasty divorce during the last years of their lives. Barden died of lung cancer in 2011, before the divorce was settled, while Marshall died of natural causes in 2012.

The sale will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 18240 Fairway Drive.

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