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Return to sender: Elvis Presley’s crypt up for auction

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    29 May 2012
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Bored of your knock-down Maybach? Tired of waiting until that spangly glove comes on sale? Here’s a steal for the top-tier collector of musical ephemera: Elvis’ tomb.

On June 23-24, Julien’s Auctions in Beverley Hills will hawk off the crypt in which Presley’s body was first kept subsequent to his death in 1977. As NME report, bidding for the lot is expected to begin at $100,000.

The private crypt is from Memphis’ Forest Hill Cemetery. Elvis’ body was interred there for approximately two months, before being transported to his Graceland estate for a full burial. Elvis’ mother was also housed in the crypt for a period, until her husband was granted permission to bury his wife and son on private land.

According to auction house owner Darren Julien, “It’s definitely a conversation piece. Only one person can say, “Hey, I’m going to be buried where Elvis Presley was.” A must for fans of rock’n'roll and bold watercooler gambits, then.

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