Clown mo­tel for sale, must stay clown mo­tel

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

TONOPAH, NEV.» A clown-themed mo­tel is for sale in ru­ral Ne­vada, with the owner in­sist­ing the 600 clown fig­urines, man­nequins and paint­ings, and his em­ploy­ees, get to stay.

Af­ter 22 years, Clown Mo­tel owner Bob Perchetti says it is time to find some­one else to look af­ter the clown fig­urines, man­nequins and paint­ings spread through­out the build­ing in Tonopah, about 250 miles north­west of Las Ve­gas.

The 79-year-old Perchetti said he is ready to “en­joy some free time” with his wife, five daugh­ters, three sons and 14 grand­chil­dren.

Perchetti told the Las Ve­gas Re­view-Jour­nal that he hopes to sell the mo­tel in a month, but he is in­sis­tent the clowns stay.

“I’m not go­ing to let them change the clown mo­tif,” he said. “That’s go­ing to be part of the con­tract.”

The mo­tel was built around 1985 by sib­lings Leona and LeRoy David, Perchetti said.

The two thought it was the per­fect place to house their small clown col­lec­tion.

“He and his sis­ter de­cided from day one that it was go­ing to be the Clown Mo­tel,” Perchetti said.

Perchetti bought the mo­tel from the Davids in 1995.

The mo­tel got a ma­jor boost in 2015 when it was fea­tured in an episode of the TV show “Ghost Ad­ven­tures.” View­ers saw blurry footage of a life-sized clown man­nequin sit­ting by the front desk. The man­nequin’s hand moved on its own.

“Af­ter that was when we started get­ting a lot more ac­tiv­ity,” Perchetti said.

“A lot more peo­ple stop­ping.”

Perchetti said he wants the new owner to at least in­ter­view his cur­rent em­ploy­ees so they can keep their jobs.

He said he’s al­ready had more than seven of­fers to buy the build­ing.

“They can im­prove it any way they want, but we don’t want to lose the clown mo­tel,” he said. “We want it to be big­ger and bet­ter.”

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