Inventor of Voicemail Says Everything Must Go

Scott Jones is throwing a serious estate sale
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 3, 2017 9:42 AM CDT
Inventor of Voicemail Says Everything Must Go
Scott Jones says everything must go.   (

Tech titan Scott Jones, best known for inventing voicemail and founding the search engine ChaCha, is moving on. The Indiana native has spent most of the past two years in Hawaii, and now he's decided to sell the Indiana house, which he has been renting out on Airbnb, for nearly $5 million and throw one of the country's "best estate sales ever conducted" per the company managing the sale, Aether Estate Sales Co. Fox59 reports that the Carmel home took seven years and $20 million to build in the tradition of an English country manor. It also boasts a 25-foot saltwater aquarium, circular mahogany slide, indoor tree house, and more.

But what's for sale inside the 27,000-square-foot, 7-bedroom, 14-bathroom mega mansion is arguably more intriguing. That's because Jones, who is 56, is a collector with eclectic interests. Want a T. rex skull replica? That'll cost $10,000. A Steinway grand piano? That's a cool $100,000. He's also got "high-end, original art" and "museum-quality, priceless antiques," but because everything must go, there are even price tags on half-empty bottles of Windex (50 cents), reports IndyStar. The sale runs Sept. 14 through 17 and is open to the public; buyers can wander through the house to check out the wares as they would at any other estate sale. (Estate sales can turn up stolen masterpieces.)

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