Saturday, August 19, 2006
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.