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Once-planned Rock 'n' Roll B&B sold in St. Petersburg auction

ST. PETERSBURG — Atop the front entrance of the nine-bedroom bungalow on Fifth Avenue N was a metal sign that read "Rock N Roll."

Reality star Brent Bruns II had visions of turning the 1910 wood-frame house, with its two stories and spacious front porch, into a bed and breakfast.

But while he filmed episodes in South Carolina of the now-defunct show Doomsday Castle, about a family building a castle to serve as a bunker in the event of doomsday, Bruns fell behind on mortgage payments. Then came the foreclosure.

The Rock 'n' Roll Bed and Breakfast never opened.

The property, and everything inside, was sold at auction Sunday. Bruns was not present, but he has high hopes for the proceeds, minus the $270,000 he owes on the mortgage: opening a medical marijuana business.

The bidding started at noon.

Dozens of guitars, most of them scrawled with autographs — the Go-Go's, Edwin McCain, Staind, Flaming Lips — were sold.

Also available were full-sized cutouts of Madonna and George Harrison, as well as oil paintings of Princess Diana, Charlie Chaplin and Frank Sinatra. The "Rock N Roll" sign went, too.

Even commonplace items were auctioned, including an Emerson microwave, a patio set, and a Sony flat-screen TV.

Then bidding for the bungalow began.

More than two dozen people sat outside in the front yard.

"All right, what's it worth?" asked John Harris, the real estate auctioneer. "I'll make a $1 million bid."


Then, he asked, "is it worth half a million?"

More silence as cars zoomed by.

But when Harris brought the number down to $200,000, the real bidding began. In the end, after several offers, Ed Ecker, bidder No. 701, purchased the house for $469,700.

Ecker, owner of Simple Sailing Charters in St. Petersburg, stared up at the faded yellow home with a smile.

The house needs renovating. So do the two smaller units behind it.

It was unknown Sunday if any contained asbestos.

Ecker said he's not sure what he'll do with the property, but of one thing he seemed certain.

"I think," he said, "you'll see a beautiful house soon."

Contact Laura C. Morel at or (727) 445-4157.

Once-planned Rock 'n' Roll B&B sold in St. Petersburg auction 03/23/14 [Last modified: Monday, March 24, 2014 12:06pm]
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