Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/08/21/geller_sues/

Uri Geller sues over Elvis pad

Bid to claim possession after eBay auction win

By Lester Haines

Posted in Media, 21st August 2006 13:36 GMT

Cutlery molester Uri Geller and two partners are hitting the US courts in an attempt to claim ownership of Elvis Presley's former Memphis home, which they bought on eBay for $905,100, Reuters reports.

Geller and his chums have filed a federal lawsuit "seeking to rescind the sale of the property to Nashville record producer Mike Curb", to whom owners Cindy Hazen and Mike Freeman later sold the property for $1m. Their opportunity to do so came through a change in the real estate contract which allowed them 60 days to vacate the property after they said they were unable to offer immediate vacant possession. Geller and partners claim breach of contract.

Mike Curb, meanwhile, is negotiating with a nameless Memphis college to "operate a music education centre" in the house. Curb is top dog at Curb Records and heads the Mike Curb Family Foundation - a "philanthropic organisation dedicated to preserving music history and promoting music business education".

Presley bought his pad in 1956 with the royalties from Heartbreak Hotel, the eBay auction blurb explained. It boasts some of the finest musically-themed 1950s decor to be seen anywhere, including "the original music note themed wallpaper from 1956!", as the vendors enthused. ®