Michael Jordan puts Chicago-area mansion up for auction | Sharapova's Thigh

Michael Jordan will put his Highland Park, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago) mansion up for auction after the home failed to sell while on the market since February. That may have something to do with the initial (February 2012) asking price being $29 million. Eventually the asking price went down to a measly $21 million, but still no takers.

So, the G.O.A.T. will finally go the auction route to sell his 56,000-square-foot property on November 22nd.

Here's more details on Jordan's estate, from The Wall Street Journal (heard of it):

The basketball star lived in the home for nearly 20 years. In an email, he said he is selling the home because "my kids are grown now and I don't need a large house in Chicago." The owner of basketball team the Charlotte Bobcats, Mr. Jordan said he splits his time between the team's base in North Carolina and a new home he built in Jupiter, Fla. "It was time for some warmer weather down at my new home in Florida," added Mr. Jordan, who said he also has a vacation home in Utah. 

The 7.39-acre property is in Highland Park, a suburb 30 minutes north of Chicago. The contemporary-style home has nine bedrooms and 19 bathrooms. According to the auction company, it also has a three-bedroom guest wing, an outdoor tennis court, pool pavilion and entertaining area, a deep water pond, putting green and three climate-controlled multicar garages. 

In 2001, Mr. Jordan built a full-size, regulation basketball court that is attached to the home but has a separate entry and nearby parking area. Adjacent to the basketball court are locker rooms and showers as well as a lounge with leather chairs, a built-in television and a glass observation overlook. 

Mr. Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA Championship titles, spent 13 seasons playing for the Chicago Bulls. His jersey number—23—is emblazoned across the gates of the property. The home is being sold fully furnished, according to the listing agent Katherine Chez Malkin of Baird & Warner.

19 bathrooms? That seems excessive. But seriously, the place sounds about as awesome as you'd expect Michael Jordan's house to be.

Plus it would be pretty amazing to say you live in Michael Jordan's old house, right (especially when you're a diehard Bulls fan like I am that had an unhealthy obsession with Jordan)? That's certainly something to be prouder of then saying (and incorrectly thinking) you have Jon Voight's car.

Here's a video slideshow showing some photos of the home:

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