Elvis fans get crypt sale canned
The crypt where Elvis Presley’s body lay before it was moved to his Graceland home has been pulled from a celebrity auction following a fan backlash.
Supporters erupted in fury after Julien’s Auctions announced the empty tomb in Forest Hill Cemetery, Memphis, was to go under the hammer with a starting price of $100,000. The end price was to include a memorial inscription, use of the cemetery chapel for a service and the opening and closing of the crypt for burial.
The sale was called off before yesterday’s event as a result of fan activity.
Presley was buried beside his mother Gladys in the crypt in August 1977 and lay there for two months before his father gained permission to move the bodies to the Graceland estate.
Auction boss Darren Julien confirmed his company had agreed not to conduct the sale, adding no further action would be taken “until Forest Hills finds a plan that best suits the interests of the fans, while respecting and preserving the memory of Elvis Presley.”
Announcing the auction in May, Julien had said: “If you’re a fan it’s an opportunity. It’s a conversation piece – only one person can say, ‘Hey, I’m going to be buried where Elvis was.’”
Other related items, including medical instruments and a toe tag used on the singer’s body, were also removed from sale after a source suggested they’d been re-used on other corpses.