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EBay to auction off Presley house

March 28, 2006|Richard Cromelin

A mid-'50s ranch-style house in Memphis that goes on the market next month has a low-pitched hip roof, an attached two-car garage, a motorcycle garage, a swimming pool -- and maybe the spirit of Elvis Presley.

The home at 1035 Audubon Drive was purchased by the singer and his parents in March 1956, the same month "Heartbreak Hotel" became his first No. 1 hit. It was announced Monday that it will be put up for auction on EBay, with bidding opening April 14 and closing May 14.

The house was the setting for many familiar Presley photographs, notably ones taken by Alfred Wertheimer. The Presleys moved out in 1957 and settled in at a more famous address, Graceland. That estate was named a National Historic Landmark on Monday, joining the White House, Mount Vernon and Monticello in receiving the country's highest designation for historic properties.

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