Gate from Hemingway's home being auctioned on eBay

Auction ends Feb. 8

Published On: Jan 31 2013 09:48:59 AM EST
KEY WEST, Fla. -

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

The gate hung at the side entrance of the property where the Nobel Prize-winning author lived in the 1930s and wrote many of his classic works. It is believed to have been installed in 1935, when a brick privacy wall was built around the Whitehead Street home Hemingway occupied with his wife and sons.

In 1964, the property became a museum honoring the author.

The gate was replaced in 2011 with one that better protected the nearly 50 cats that reside on the property. The original was donated to Helpline, a non-profit local crisis hotline, to be auctioned for fundraising.

The auction is to end Feb. 8.