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Presley's first home sold online
The living room of Elvis Presley's first property
Presley sold the house after a year due to its lack of privacy
A ranch-style house in Memphis, which was the first property ever owned by Elvis Presley, is being sold online.

The singer bought the four-bedroom home in 1956 with his royalties, and lived there with his parents and grandmother.

He stayed for only a year because his career then began to take off, and police were frequently called to handle the crowds of fans gathered outside.

The property is on sale on eBay and has so far attracted 13 bids, the highest of which is $223,000 (125,000).

In the short time that Presley lived there, he had a granite swimming pool installed in the garden, which at 15 metres (50 feet) in length was the largest residential pool in the city at the time.

He also added a den and housed his motorcycles in a separate building. The hall contains original wallpaper adorned with musical notes, which was uncovered during renovations by the current owners.

Wallpaper from Elvis Presley's first property
Music-themed wallpaper decorates the hallway of the house
Commotion by fans

A Life magazine article published five months after Presley bought the house contained pictures of teenage girls sitting with their ears pressed to his bedroom wall.

They were also picking through the grass in his garden for souvenirs.

The commotion became so intense that Presley moved his bedroom to the back of the property.

In March 1957, he moved to Graceland, the home with which he would become synonymous.

Bidding for the house, at 1034 Audubon Drive, ends on 14 May.


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