Gate From Ernest Hemingway's Key West Home Being Auctioned on eBay

Gate from Key West home being sold for charity

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    A water fountain sprays water in the front yard of the Ernest Hemingway home in Key West, FL. Hemingway owned the home from 1931 until his death in 1961. The Spanish Colonial style home was constructed of native rock hewn from the grounds and boasts the first pool built in Key West. The home is where Hemingway wrote classics such as "Death in the Afternoon" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls," among others.

    An original wrought-iron gate from the Key West home of literary legend Ernest Hemingway is being auctioned on eBay.

    The gate, which hung at the side entrance to the Whitehead Street property where Hemingway called home in the 1930s, is being sold to benefit the Florida Keys charity Helpline, Inc.

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    Hemingway lived in the home until 1939, and it's believed the gate was installed when a privacy wall was erected in 1935.

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    White-haired contestants have already sung happy birthday to "Papa," but this year's Ernest Hemingway look-alike won't be crowned in Key West until Sunday. With the preliminary rounds of the premiere event of the annual Hemingway Days festival already underway at the late writer's favorite bar, Sloppy Joe's, it's clearl the island hasn't forgotten its most famous former resident. The twinsy competition is just part of a week that includes a short story competition directed by granddaughter Lorian Hemingway, a wacky “Running of the Bulls,” a one-man play chronicling Papa's life and adventures, and the $250,000 Drambuie Key West Marlin Tournament. (Published Friday, July 22, 2011)

    The iconic home, where Hemingway wrote some of his best novels including "Death in the Afternoon" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls," became a museum in 1964 following Hemingway's death in 1961.

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    The gate was replaced in 2011 with one better suited to protect the 50 or so cats that call the property home.

    Bidding was up to $6,100 as of 1 p.m. Friday, not including the $130 shipping costs. The auction ends Feb. 8.

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