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Tennessee judge blocks attempt to sell Elvis Presley’s Graceland

A notary said that the signature on a document was not actually his.

After all, Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland, won’t go up for auction on Thursday.

In a hearing Wednesday that only lasted about eight minutes, Chancellor JoeDae Jenkins put the Graceland sale on hold, saying, “The notary has sworn that he did not notarize Lisa Marie Presley’s signature on the deed of trust, which puts doubts the authenticity of the signature.”

Wednesday’s hearing in Tennessee was scheduled to determine whether a dubious entity could proceed with an announced plan to auction off the late singer’s property in Memphis.

Actress Riley Keough, Presley’s granddaughter, was trying to stop a company called Naussany Investments and Private Lending LLC from holding an auction in front of the Shelby County Courthouse at noon Thursday.

Keough alleges that the company filed fraudulent documents last September “purporting to show that Lisa Marie Presley had borrowed $3.8 million from Naussany Investments and executed a deed of trust encumbering Graceland as collateral,” according to court documents. obtained by Memphis ABC affiliate WATN.

Keough is represented by attorneys based in Memphis and Jacksonville, Florida. Both attorneys declined to comment to ABC News. It is not yet clear if Naussany Investments has a lawyer.

Jenkins said “Gregory Naussany” of Jacksonville filed a one-page motion for the extension and Jenkins denied the motion Wednesday.

“The court will stay the sale as requested because, first, the real property is considered unique under Tennessee law and, being unique, the loss of the real property would be considered irreparable harm,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins added: “Graceland is part of this community, much loved by this community and, indeed, around the world.”

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