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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Dispute Over Elvis Home in Court

Aaa_72 Elvis Presley's first house in Memphis and two prominent men from the 1970s are involved in an interesting contract dispute going to federal court there.  Psychic Uri Geller -- famous in those days for bending spoons with his mind on national television -- was the high bidder ($905,100 ) for the three-bedroom ranch-style house at an auction.

But when Geller and his partner declined to go along with a clause allowing the current owners 60 days to move out, they sold it instead to Mike Curb.  In the 1960s Curb created the clean-cut "Mike Curb Congregation" singers ("The Candy Man"), then took over MGM Records at age 25, and later served as California's lieutenant governor under Jerry Brown.  Curb paid $1 million for the house.  Geller is suing for breach of contract.  (Image: Geller bending a spoon, GNU License, Wikipedia.)

The house, at 1034 Audubon Drive in Memphis, is a few blocks from the University of Memphis campus.

[Frank Snyder]

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