Ex-Teen Idol David Cassidy Auctions Home After Bankruptcy Filing

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This July 22, 2015, photo shows the back yard and pool area of the five-bedroom mansion belonging to 1970’s heartthrob David Cassidy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.Wilfredo Lee / AP file

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MIAMI - Former TV star and teen idol David Cassidy is auctioning off his Florida home on Wednesday after a bankruptcy filing, the breakup of his third marriage and several arrests for drunken driving.

Cassidy, 65, whose hits "Cherish" and "I Think I Love You" had teenage girls swooning in the 1970s, bought the 7,000 square-foot, five-bedroom waterfront house in Fort Lauderdale for about $1.1 million in 2001.

The once baby-faced star of "The Partridge Family" TV series spent five years refurbishing everything from the stained pine floors to the pool and patio and installing heavy wood doors recovered from a razed Mexican church. Much of the furniture will be included in the auction price, according to Fisher Auction Co.

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This July 22, 2015, photo shows the back yard and pool area of the five-bedroom mansion belonging to 1970’s heartthrob David Cassidy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.Wilfredo Lee / AP file

Cassidy filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this year listing assets and debts of up to $10 million.

The bankruptcy filing followed three arrests for drunken driving since 2010 and a court-ordered stay in rehab.

In 2014, Cassidy's third wife, Sue, filed for divorce after 23 years of marriage.

Bidders for Cassidy's home are being asked to show proof of financing or assets in excess of $3 million in order to take part in the auction.

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Former teen heartthrob David Cassidy, 65, holds one of his favorite guitars as he gives a tour of his five-bedroom Florida mansion in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on July 22.Wilfredo Lee / AP

Cassidy appeared in several stage shows after his career as a solo singer declined, and played an aging former teen heartthrob in the short-lived 2009 TV comedy "Ruby & the Rockits." He was also a member of the "Celebrity Apprentice" reality TV show in 2011.

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