The auction is part of a two-day sale hosted next month by Beverly Hills-based entertainment auctioneers Julien’s Auctions. Darren Julien of the auction house has said, without any apparent irony: "It's definitely a conversation piece. Only one person can say, 'Hey, I'm going to be buried where Elvis Presley was.’"
Bidding is set to start at $100,000. As the Hollywood Reporter notes, the singer's body was kept in a private crypt in Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis for roughly two months, before he was buried on his Graceland estate.
The tomb is located in a mausoleum made of granite and marble. Presley was laid to rest there after he died at age 42 on Aug. 17, 1977, but was reburied at Graceland mansion a few months later.
Presley's mother, Gladys Presley, was also interred in the mausoleum's crypt before being buried alongside her son at Graceland after Elvis's father received permission from the State of Tennessee to bury them both on the private land. The crypt has been empty since mother and son were both removed.
The winning bid will receive the crypt, the above-mentioned bragging rights, plus the opening and closing of the vault for burial, a memorialization inscription and use of a chapel for a memorial service. Have we said ‘Sigh’ yet?
Other items up for auction, Reuters reports, include Amy Winehouse's robe used in her "Rehab" music video; signed items from David Bowie, John Lennon and Michael Jackson; a ripped shirt with "hell" written on it worn by Keith Richards; and a pair of shoes worn and signed by former NBA star Michael Jordan.
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