Elvis Presley’s abandoned childhood home goes under the hammer
Elvis has moved out of the building, but maybe you don’t have to – with his old house, which was set to be demolished, now going under the hammer.
Elvis left the building, but maybe you don’t have to.
Elvis Presley’s childhood home in Tupelo, Mississippi — which was left derelict and at one point was set to be demolished — is set to go up for auction in August, reports The Post.
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It is the only childhood home of the king of rock and roll ever commercialized.
The starting price of the auction will be set between $30,000 and $50,000 (A$43.9k-73.1k)
The three-bedroom, 117-square-foot home, which once occupied the 605 Kelly Street address in East Tupelo, was first auctioned in 2020. But despite interested parties, due to the timing of the coronavirus pandemic , she could not score any points. buyers.
Later the address changed to 1241 Kelly St. and this is where Elvis and his parents, Vernon and Gladys Presley, lived from 1943 to 1944. The residence was just around the corner from the house in which Elvis is born.
The Presleys moved several times during Elvis’ childhood, residing in a number of homes in East Tupelo before the town was annexed as part of Tupelo in 1946.
After living with several relatives, including another relative at another address on Kelly Street, the Presleys moved into the blue-painted house.
“The house itself was meticulously dismantled and dismantled, so that it could be put back together. It’s stored in a trailer,” Jeff Marren, owner of Rockhurst Auctions, told the Post.
The company is set to hold the auction Aug. 14 in Memphis during the city’s 2022 Elvis Week celebration.
“When someone buys the house, they’ll get the whole trailer and the plans to put it back together,” Marren said of the project.
“Whoever buys it can actually hire the person who took it apart to put it back together for them.
“They can then move it wherever they want,” he added.
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Currently, the house is stored in Mississippi, and only the original parts of the house that existed when the Presleys lived there have been preserved, according to Marren.
Called the “Auction on Elvis Presley Boulevard,” the sale of his childhood home isn’t the only object of the auction. There will be 100 bundles of “finer Elvis memorabilia”, according to Marren, including items from the iconic singer’s life and career, such as clothing, jewelry, autographs and concert memorabilia.
The house was carefully dismantled in 2017 under the supervision of Elvis experts Chris Davidson and Stephen Shutts. Marren defined his sale as “an unprecedented opportunity”, although it comes with challenges.
“It’s a bit of a strange object because only certain people can use it. They need a big piece of land. They should invest to move it,” Marren said.
Davidson and Shutts oversaw the project, noting that key features of the house were constantly uncovered as layers were stripped away by their team. The disassembled parts of the house were safely stored in a 30ft American Hauler Night Hawk trailer, which is also included with the purchase of the house.
“Originally, the house was to be razed. The property was going to be sold for commercial purposes and so a few collectors got together and bought the structure and sought to preserve it,” Marren revealed.
Meanwhile, Presley’s birthplace in Tupelo remains a historic museum site open to the public, along with Graceland – his longtime home in Memphis, Tennessee, in which he lived with his parents throughout his life while his career was skyrocketing.
The auction follows the release of Baz Luhrman’s biopic “Elvis,” which just hit theaters. Starring Austin Butler in the hip-swiveling lead role, opening weekend numbers show the film grossing an estimated $31.2 million in the US – taking No. 1 and beating “Top Gun: maverick”.
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This article first appeared in The Post and has been republished with permission
Originally published as Elvis Presley’s abandoned childhood home under the hammer