David Beckham's first home could fetch $1 mil

Row house listed after soccer star proved to live there

LONDON -- A local businessman believes he can help a couple sell their modest east London home for more than $1 million after proving that soccer star David Beckham once lived there.

Colin Evans said he told the owners of the three-bedroom row house in the Leytonstone district that Beckham lived at the property until he was 2.

He told the Associated Press he made the connection while researching a book about the area's famous residents. The owners, Samira and Sulman Ali, agreed to allow Evans to act as their agent to find a buyer for the house after he told them about its former resident.

Evans has listed the house for 850,000 pounds ($1.28 million) on the classified Web site gumtree.com, calling it a "celebrity hotspot." He told the Associated Press an Australian businessman who deals in Beckham memorabilia has offered 1 million pounds ($1.5 million). Similar properties in Leytonstone, three-bedroom terrace houses built during the Victorian period, are fetching about 250,000 pounds ($375,000).

Beckham's spokesman told Britain's Press Association that Beckham lived in the house on Norman Road from his birth in 1975 until his family moved to London's Chingford area two years later.