Elvis Presley’s granddaughter fights company’s attempt to sell Graceland estate

21 May 2024, 15:04

The granddaughter of Elvis Presley is fighting plans to publicly auction his Graceland estate in Memphis
Graceland Auction. Picture: PA

Riley Keough inherited the trust and ownership of the home after the death of her mother, Lisa Marie Presley.

Elvis Presley’s granddaughter is fighting plans to publicly auction his Graceland estate in Memphis.

Riley Keough is challenging the sale after a company tried to sell the property based on claims that a loan using the king of rock ’n’ roll’s former home as collateral was not repaid.

A public auction for the estate had been scheduled for Thursday this week, but a Memphis judge blocked the sale after Keough sought a temporary restraining order and filed a lawsuit, court documents show.

A public notice for a foreclosure sale of the 13-acre estate posted earlier in May said Promenade Trust, which controls the Graceland museum, owes 3.8 million dollars (£2.99 million) after failing to repay a 2018 loan.

Lisa Marie Presley
Lisa Marie Presley died last year (PA)

Keough inherited the trust and ownership of the home after the death of her mother, Lisa Marie Presley, last year. Lisa Marie Presley had used Graceland as collateral for the loan, the lawsuit said.

Naussany Investments and Private Lending said Lisa Marie Presley failed to pay back the loan and sought to sell the estate on the courthouse steps, according to the foreclosure sale notice.

Keough, on behalf of the Promenade Trust, filed the lawsuit last week, claiming that Naussany presented fraudulent documents regarding the loan and unpaid sum in September 2023.

“These documents are fraudulent,” Keough’s lawyer wrote in a lawsuit. “Lisa Maria Presley never borrowed money from Naussany Investments and never gave a deed of trust to Naussany Investments.”

W Bradley Russell, a lawyer for Naussany Investments, declined to comment on Tuesday.

An injunction hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Shelby County Chancery Court.

“Elvis Presley Enterprises can confirm that these claims are fraudulent. There is no foreclosure sale. Simply put, the counter lawsuit has been filed is to stop the fraud,” Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc said in a statement on Tuesday.

Graceland opened as a museum and tourist attraction in 1982 as a tribute to Elvis Presley, the rock n’ roll icon and actor who died in August 1977 aged 42. It draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

By Press Association

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