No Clowning Around: Nevada Clown Motel For Sale

A clown-themed motel is up for sale in rural Nevada that comes with nearly 600 clown figurines, mannequins, and paintings. 

After 22 years, the Clown Motel in Tonopah, Nevada will be sold to a new owner as the current owner is ready to retire. 

Bob Perchetti says it's time to let someone else watch over the dozens of clown figurines, mannequins and paintings scattered through the property located about 250 miles north of Las Vegas. Perchetti says he's selling so he can start spending more time with his wife, five daughters, three sons and 14 grandchildren. 

Perchetti told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he's received about seven offers for the building so far, but he's waiting to sell it to the right owners. He's insisting that any new buyer must let 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 more than thirty years ago by two siblings, Leona and LeRoy David who thought it was the perfect place to house their small collection of clowns. 

Perchetti bought the motel from the Davids in 1995. 

There are also rumors that the building is haunted. Viewers of a 2015 episode of "Ghost Adventures" saw blurry footage of a life-sized mannequin clown sitting by the front desk. The footage purportedly showed the mannequin's hand moving on its own. 

Perchetti hopes the new owners will also keep the current employees on.

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