A house in Cortland, New York that is purported to be the childhood home of legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (DIO, HEAVEN HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW) is being auctioned on eBay, with the minimum starting bid (the seller’s chosen starting price) of $90,000.
Writes the seller: “This is the house [Ronnie] grew up in, wrote songs in, had parties in, and played in!
“We bought the house from Ronnie about 3.5 years ago and have enjoyed living there but it is too small for our growing family. I am listing it on eBay in the hopes that a TRUE Dio fan can get this house and enjoy owning a piece or heavy metal history.
“The house has a detached garage (where Dio used to play with his friends and band mates). A fenced-in backyard great for BBQs and a garden behind the garage (where Ronnie told me himself he buried a trunk that we never got around to digging up). I have found an old mic of his and what looks like some spelling test that were pushed into a knot hole in the floor.
“I have heard many stories from people all over town about going over and listening to Ronnie playing in the garage or going over later in life and partying in the house. If these walls could talk!
“We have had people come visit the house getting their picture taken out front or by the street sign of Dio Way.
“The roof on the house and the garage need work. But we have replaced the heating system and the hot water heater last year. We also added 10 more inches of insulation in the attic.”
The auction ends on August 31.
Ronnie James Dio, real name Ronald James Padavona, was born in New Hampshire on July 10, 1942.
He moved to Cortland, New York at a young age, where he began playing with local acts. A street in Cortland, Dio Way, was named after him in 1988.
(Thanks: Juan José Rodríguez Molas)