Oh, that's shock me
Hard to read...
this was on EIN...
I don't think Uri predicted this would happen...
Dirty dealings? - Uri Geller's Elvis museum plan dealt setback: Uri Geller's dream of turning the first home Elvis Presley owned into a museum dedicated to the paranormal has been dealt a setback nearly as bizarre as the spoon-bending trick that made the Israeli-born psychic famous. Geller, who thought he had purchased the Memphis property in an eBay auction last month for $905,100, learned on Friday the sellers had turned around and sold the 3,000-square-foot (280-sq-metres) house to a foundation set up by Mike Curb, the longtime music producer.
The King of rock 'n' roll lived in the house at 1034 Audubon Dr. for 13 months before moving to Graceland, the now-famous Memphis estate where he died in 1977. It was not immediately clear what Curb, elected lieutenant governor of California in the late 1970s, paid for the four-bedroom, two-bath home Elvis bought in 1956 with royalties from "Heartbreak Hotel." What was clear late on Friday was that Geller was preparing for a protracted legal fight to get the house back. "We are absolutely, mind-blown angry," Geller told Reuters by telephone from his home in London. "Of course we're going to sue."
Geller and his two partners, New York lawyer Pete Gleason and Lisbeth Silvandersson, a Swedish-born jewelry maker who lives in England, may not be able to pursue a breach of contract claim against the sellers.
That's because eBay maintains real estate auctions on its site are marketing events, and not actual sales.
"The platform we provide in real estate really serves to generate interest," EBay spokeswoman Catherine England told Reuters. "... It isn't a legally binding contract."
And yet another odd twist may yet give Geller a chance. The sellers, a husband and wife, recently had their debts discharged in bankruptcy court, Doug Alrutz, Geller's Memphis lawyer, told Reuters. While the couple had included the home in their list of assets, the court did not appreciate its value. As a result, the bankruptcy trustee is now thinking about reopening the case, a move that could lead the court to reverse all the sellers' actions, Alrutz said.
Oh, that's shock me
Hard to read...
Without a song, the day would never end; without a song, a man ain't got a friend; without a song, the road would never bend - without a song.'
That's why he still keep singing a song
Yes, that was something...I wonder what the outcome will be? It was listed on ebay, so there's an obligation there...Originally Posted by FlamingStar
Sorry, I know, but that's why I bolded the main parts...
Beware of busniess partners , always get it in writing Uri!
This is so true, Jim! Although, its' the sellers' that sold the house to another buyer...When?? I don't know...I think if it was sold to Uri first, the he should be the new owner...Originally Posted by JDD
I think ebay stating "That's because eBay maintains real estate auctions on its site are marketing events, and not actual sales."...that doesn't sound right and/or legal either, why list the house on ebay, if it's not going to be an actual sale...but this is good to know, for us buyers...
Ebay is such a funny world Franny. The way I figure it, If I go on ebay and I buy me an Elvis item or CD or album or something and I pay in 1 min of it closing then they should leave me feedback, as soon as My payment clears because I kept my part of the deal. Doesn't work that way. I onetime found an item on there that was supposed to be an authentic Elvis Signed trading card, only problem was, that card was made in the 1990s. Amazing how the King managed to sign that. I pointed that out to them and they did remove it, but I have little doubt they had every intention of ripping someone off.
These people sound like someone contacted them post auction and offered more money . Uri really should have got on a plane and rode in and sealed the deal. That wording though you're absolutly right, whats the point of having an auction at all if its not a sale.
I have been lucky on ebay so far (crossing my fingers)...I have bid and won a few things, with no problems...Uri, on the otherhand has problems...I wonder if he will sue ebay and the sellers...It sounds like ebay used false advertising/marketing...I know I wouldn't be happy about that...and this was big money we're talking about...Originally Posted by JDD
this was on EIN...
here's the story from June 7th...Uri Geller reveals his "high price" for Audubon Drive residence: (see related story below dated 7 June 2006) As threats of legal action continue, psychic Uri Geller has revealed he and his partners were wliling to go as high as US$1.1m to buy Elvis' former Audubon Drive residence. Geller and his partners have hired the services of Memphis attorney, Douglas Alrutz, in the hopes of recovering the real estate.
Audubon Drive sale update - Mike Curb gazumps Uri Geller with $1m offer but who's telling furphies?: (see also earlier story below dated 3 June) Celebrity psychic Uri Geller says he's lost the Elvis Presley house he thought he bought last month. Geller and two partners were announced last month as the high bidders for Presley's former house on Audubon Drive. They bid $905,100 for the ranch-style house on eBay. But homeowner Cindy Hazen said Monday that they were unable to finalize the contract, so she and husband Mike Freeman sold the house Friday to Nashville record producer Mike Curb for $1 million.
Hazen said Geller and a partner, New York attorney Peter Gleason, altered terms of the real estate deal so that it was unacceptable. But Geller said Hazen and Freeman reneged on the deal to accept a higher offer. He said he considers the sale to Curb "a breach of contract."
"If I have to, I will take this to the Supreme Court. If I have to, I'll take this to the Pope," Geller told The Commercial Appeal newspaper by phone from his home outside London.
Curb served as California chairman of Ronald Reagan's presidential campaign in 1976, became lieutenant governor of California and, under Reagan, was appointed chairman of the Republican National Finance Committee. Curb's musical career began in California and including leading the Mike Curb Congregation ("Burning Bridges") and signing the Osmond family to a record contract. He now is chairman of Curb Records and head of the Mike Curb Family Foundation, which describes itself as a "philanthropic organization dedicated to preserving music history and promoting music business education." Curb's assistant, Becky Judd, said the Curb Foundation is negotiating with a Memphis college to operate a music education center at the home. She declined to name the college.
Presley bought the four-bedroom, 3,000-square-foot house at 1034 Audubon Drive in 1956 with his early song royalties. The singer, his parents and grandmother lived there for 13 months before moving to a two-story colonial house already known as Graceland, the house that Elvis would make famous.
Memphis officials say any new owner of the home will have to go through public hearings and an exhaustive approval process for it to be used for anything other a residence. "Normally people are not that keen on having something in a residential neighborhood," said Mary L. Baker, deputy director of the city's Office of Planning and Development.
Yep like I said a few weeks ago during the auction, its not zoned for being a Museum. If it was I'm sure EPE would have bought it and they'd add 50 bucks to the package for you to get shuttled over to tour it. Maybe I'm just mean but I can't help but think Good! at the thought of this being rejected as a "education center" .
Shame on Ebay and the previous owners , The whole deal seems sleezy.
Jim, you're right about that! EPE would have added a charge to tour it...
I wonder what's going on with this?? It sounds fishy!! Uri Geller sounds like he's going to sue and not stop until he gets it...Ebay is getting a bad name for sure and the previous owners as well...
thanks for sharing this Franny very interesting