When it comes to real estate, Elvis Presley is perhaps best known for Graceland, the fit-for-a-King estate that he purchased in 1957. But not all of the places Elvis called home in his lifetime were quite as lavish—in fact, many were downright humble. In November 2017, two of those modest properties went up for auction, through GWS Auctions.
The first was a run-down shotgun house that sits on 16.5 acres in Tupelo, Mississippi, reports Realtor.com. Originally built in the 1920s by Vernon and Vestor Presley, the singer's father and uncle, the bidding started at $25,000—though GWS estimated that it's worth $2 million to $2.5 million, thanks to its association with the King.
According to Charlene Presley, a relative by marriage, Elvis lived on the property as a schoolboy with his mother Gladys Presley and would often play in the nearby creek. "This house is a house that Elvis and Gladys lived in and he went to school at Lawhon School in the third grade," Charlene told the Washington Post. "She would walk him to school down this street and around to Lawhon."
The second home was once a part of "Circle G Ranch," a group of mobile homes that sat near the King's ranch in Mississippi in the 1960s, where Elvis and his "Memphis Mafia" friends would hang out. The 60-foot-long, two-bedroom mobile home on the auction block was added for Elvis and his wife, Priscilla, so they could stay close to the gang when they wanted to (the couple even reportedly spent part of their honeymoon here!). Bidding began at $5,000, but GWS estimates the value between $250,000 and $500,000.
Once a party pad, this Delta-manufactured mobile home has definitely seen better days, but true Elvis fans will certainly be fascinated by the retro interiors, which are just as Elvis and Priscilla left them.
More than 150 other items were also auctioned off, including Elvis's private jet, 1957 pink Cadillac, and a boat named "Hound Dog." "Their possessions are rare, but beyond any monetary value, fans place an emotional value on owning something that came in contact with their idols," GWS Auctions owner Brigitte Kruse told the Washington Post.
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