NASCAR's Gordon sells house to settle divorce

Thursday, November 13, 2003

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Jeff Gordon has agreed to sell his 23,000-square-foot Highland Beach mansion for $13.3 million, a real estate agent said.

Gordon -- winner of four NASCAR points titles -- listed the house just 48 hours before terms of the sale were agreed upon, said Robert Wyner, chairman of Barclays Group International in Palm Beach. The furnishings in the home sold for an additional $2 million.

Proceeds from the sale will go toward a divorce settlement with Gordon's former wife, Brooke, who was awarded $15 million from the sale of two properties, according to court documents.

Clothes-changing driver crashes on Indiana road

LAPORTE, Ind. -- A truck driver crashed his semitrailer while trying to change clothes as he drove at 60 mph on a northern Indiana highway.

Terry Gilmore, 59, of Ohio, told investigators he had set his cruise control so he could change while driving on U.S. 6 Monday night, the LaPorte County Sheriff's Department said.

He misjudged a curve and rolled off the road and into two fences, police said. Gilmore was not seriously injured, but was taken to LaPorte Hospital as a precaution.

The crash caused officers to close a portion of the road for more than three hours.

A witness told investigators she found Gilmore naked when she went to check on him right after the accident. No charges were filed, police said.

Man catches fishing lure for $101,000

BOXBORO, Mass. -- A South Carolina construction worker reeled in a rare fishing lure at an auction of fishing collectibles, paying more than $101,000 for the 10-inch hollow-bodied copper minnow.

Tracey Shirey bought the lure, made by gunsmith Riley Haskell in Painesville, Ohio, in 1859, at an auction held over the weekend at the Boxboro Holiday Inn by Lang's Sporting Collectibles.

Shirey and seven other bidders parried back and forth before the minnow topped out at $92,000. With a 10 percent buyer's premium added on, the lure cost Shirey a total of $101,200.

Although the lure was originally intended to catch fish, the size is too cumbersome for fishing, according to Lang's, of Waterville, N.Y.

Shirey, a fishing lure collector for seven years, also won the bidding for a smaller version of the lure, for which he paid $19,000.

-- From wire reports

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