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Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Heartbreak Hotel for Geller on Ebay

Apparently, Uri Geller (of "spoon bending magic" fame) had the winning Ebay bid of roughly $905,100 on a house formerly belonging to Elvis (before he moved into Graceland).  However, the seller sold the house to a foundation instead of Geller.  The foundation plans to create a museum out of the house. 

Geller's reaction: "We are absolutely, mind-blown angry.  Of course we're going to sue." 


However, news reports warn that "
the rules of auction website eBay may make it hard for Uri Geller and his business partners, lawyer Pete Gleason and jewellery-maker Lisbeth Silvandersson, to pursue a breach of contract claim."  An Ebay spokewoman stated that "[t]he platform we provide in real estate really serves to generate interest [and] [i]t isn't a legally binding contract."

[Meredith R. Miller]

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