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Rod Stewart pockets nearly $120,000 from his high-end garage sale

Credit: RankinWhen regular people have garage sales, they're lucky to clear a couple hundred bucks.  But when Rod Stewart decided to sell his stuff, he brought in well over $100,000.

The BBC reports that the singer's "good old fashioned clear-out" of his unwanted furniture and home decor earned him more than $117,000 at auction.  The sale, held in Essex, U.K., at Sworders Fine Art, included around 40 lots that featured Victorian leather armchairs, a leopard-print lounge chair, gilt bronze side tables, 19th century wall mirrors and other fine furnishings.

The armchairs were the most popular items, bringing in just under $10,000.  The mirrors went for almost double the estimate -- $6,500 -- while the side tables brought in a little over $8,000.  Every lot was sold.

A spokeswoman for the auction house said the fact that the items being sold were owned by Stewart drew more interest than usual.  "We certainly noticed a spike in attendance -- we had approximately three times the number of online registered bidders and the sales room was jam-packed," she told the BBC.

But lest you think Rod is overly greedy, the auction house also sold a number of auction catalogues signed by the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, and that money went to children's charities.

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