Elvis' First Home Goes Up for Auction on Web

The first home Elvis Presley owned, a ranch-style house he bought as his career was taking off, is for sale online.

The modest, four-bedroom building at 1034 Audubon Drive in Memphis was posted on eBay Friday.

As of Tuesday, the lone bid was $100,000 by Elvis Unlimited, an organization that operates an Elvis museum and shop in Randers, Denmark.

Presley, then 21, bought the home March 8, 1956, with his royalties. The singer, his parents and grandmother lived in the house for a year. A month after moving in, "Heartbreak Hotel" hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts, ultimately ending any privacy he had in the neighborhood. Fans lined the suburban street and police frequently had to be called in.

A Life magazine article from August 1956 had pictures of teenage girls sitting with their ears pressed to his bedroom wall and picking through the grass in his yard for souvenirs. The commotion became so intense that Elvis moved his bedroom to the back of the house.

In the short time the family was there, Elvis had a 50-foot-long granite pool installed in the backyard and a den added to the house. The pool was the largest residential pool in Memphis when he built it.

His motorcycles were housed in a separate building, which eventually became a pool house with two dressing rooms. Both the pool house and the pool remain on the property.

Many of Alfred Wertheimer's photographs of the emerging star were shot at the house, chronicling Elvis' growing fame and fortune.

Photos of the property on eBay show mature trees in the yard, and the listing says some of them were planted while Presley lived there.

In March 1957, Presley gave up the house on Audubon Drive for a 14-acre estate with a two-story colonial house already known as Graceland, a home that Elvis would make famous.

Last year, the Audubon Drive house was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, a distinction Graceland has held since 1991.

According to the eBay posting, the house was built in 1953 and has about 3,000 square feet of living space. The walls and gates surrounding the property remain, still showing the strands of barbed wire placed by the singer's father, Vernon Presley, to prevent would-be intruders. The bidding is scheduled to end May 14.