August 27, 2020 Elvis Presley BIG 50 Auction
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 8/27/2020

Click play at right to watch the video.

Offered is an incredibly special and nearly unprecedented opportunity in the collecting world. This offering consists of the entire childhood home of Elvis Presley from 1241 Kelly St. in East Tupelo, Mississippi. The home was completely taken down, disassembled board by board, preserved and safely stored for eventual reassembly and rebuilding at the location of the winner's choice. The home was the residence of Elvis, Vernon and Gladys Presley for a period from 1943 to 1944, and it was just around the corner from the home in which Elvis was born. 

The Presley's moved a good number of times during Elvis' childhood, and they lived in a number of homes in East Tupelo before the town was annexed to become part of Tupelo in 1946. Elvis lived in the offered residence, at the time bearing the address "605 Kelly Street," when he befriended a young boy named Guy Harris. Elvis would remain close with Guy until the end of his life, and Guy has provided the Elvis community with wonderful stories of his times with Elvis for decades. Guy is featured in the video presentation shown here, and he's a lifelong Tupelo resident, Tupelo Police Officer and Elvis Birthplace Historian. 

Kelley Street actually had two homes owned by Presley's in the period, and both were built by Vernon Presley's uncle Noah P. Presley. Noah Presley was somewhat of a pillar of the East Tupelo community, in which he settled in the mid-1920s. He operated a general store, drove the local school bus and was even elected Mayor of East Tupelo in 1936, and Sheriff of Lee County in the mid-1940s. Noah built himself a house at "321 Kelley Street" and built the house that Elvis and his family would live in (at the time "320 Kelley Street") for his son Tranee Eackford "Eack" Presley to live in. Each lived at the Kelley Street house for 10 years, and Noah remained in his home until his passing in 1969. 

After living with several relatives around East Tupelo and Tupelo, including another relative down at another address on Kelley Street after they were married in 1933, Vernon, Gladys and Elvis moved into the home that was now "605 Kelly Street." (The address and spelling of the street name was quite fluid from the 1930s all the way until it was given its final address of 1241 Kelly Street in 1997.) Elvis romped around the neighborhood with Guy and his other friends, spending a couple of key formative years at the Kelly Street home. 

In 2017, the home was meticulously taken down under the supervision of Elvis Presley experts Chris Davidson and Stephen Shutts. The two oversaw the project, noting key features of the home that were constantly being discovered as the layers were peeled away by their crew. The disassembled elements of the home have been securely stored in a 30 foot American Hauler Night Hawk Trailer, which is also included with the purchase of the house. Also included is approximately 60 minutes of documentary footage of the house being taken down that includes interviews with Guy Harris at the site on 1241 Kelly Street. Mr. Shutts assistance and on-site supervision in rebuilding the house is also available for a fee, upon request. 

Elvis Presleys Childhood Home from 1241 Kelly St. in East Tupleo, Mississippi - Yes The Whole House!
This lot has a Reserve Price that has not been met.
Bidding
Current Bidding (Reserve Not Met)
Minimum Bid: $40,000
Final prices include buyers premium:
Estimate: $80,000 - $100,000
Number Bids: 1
Auction closed on Thursday, August 27, 2020.
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