Elvis’ Crypt Up For Auction!
On June the 23rd and 24th renowned celebrity auction house Julien’s is hosting their ‘2012 Music Legends’ event, which will see hundreds of pieces of iconic music memorabilia go under the hammer. Included in the sale will be many of Elvis Presley’s possessions including, rather bizarrely, the crypt he was originally laid to rest in!
The tomb is located in Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee and was the resting place of Elvis and his mother Gladys for two months in 1977. During this time Vernon Presley fought for the rights to bury both individuals on the family property, Graceland Mansion. The auction is for the granite and marble crypt, the internment, an inscription on the vault and the internment ceremony. The bidding will commence at $100,000 and the winner will receive the crypt, an opening and closing of the vault for a burial and the use of a chapel for a committal service, however, transportation and funeral home charges are not included. Darren Julian of the auction house commented “I just consider that if you’re an ultimate fan of Elvis Presley, it’s an opportunity, it’s definitely a conversation piece. Only one person can say, 'Hey, I’m going to be buried where Elvis Presley was.’”
Other Elvis possessions up for grabs include Presley’s motorcycle jacket and trousers set (est. at $30-$50k), his infamous 14k gold medallion necklace inscribed with ‘E.P’ (est. at $25-$30k) and a signed acoustic guitar (est. at $15-$20k). Elvis has achieved further musical success over the years, even after his death, with many worldwide chart placings for re-issues and remixed singles including the Junkie XL remix of ‘A Little Less Conversation’ and Paul Oakenfold’s remix of ‘Rubberneckin’’, which will no doubt add value to the already sought after lots.
The auction, taking place in Beverly Hills, California, will also feature David Bowie’s Atkins Country Gentleman guitar (est. at $20-40k), Amy Winehouse’s robe from the Rehab video (est. at $15-17k) and John Lennon’s signed registration card for his 1965 Rolls Royce Phantom V (est. at 20-30k). Other lots will include Meat Loaf’s stage worn clothing, equipment and memorabilia, Lady Gaga’s stage worn and personal clothing, memorabilia from the career of Madonna, and other unique items from musicians spanning the history of rock and pop music.