Monday, March 18, 2013

Tales From Elvis's Crypt Pulled From Auction And Now For Sale

Elvis Presley's original crypt has been pulled off the auction block from a sale of music memorabilia, the Associated Press reports.
Julien's Auctions had announced in May that the empty crypt in Memphis, where Elvis and his mother lay for two months before their reburial on the grounds of the Graceland estate, would be part of this Sunday's "Music Icons" auction. With a bid starting at $100,000, the price was to include a memorial inscription, use of the Forest Hill Cemetery's chapel for a service, and the opening and closing of the vault and crypt for burial.
Fans across the world were displeased by the potential sale, and demanded that the site be preserved as a shrine to the late King's memory. Darren Julien of the auction house announced on Friday that his company has agreed not to sell the crypt. 

Elvis crypt is pulled from an auction of stars’ memorabilia

The crypt in which Elvis Presley was first buried has been withdrawn from a huge auction of sports and music memorabilia in Los Angeles following protests from his fans.
A black and pink negligee worn by Madonna sold for €27,479
Presley was buried in the crypt in 1997 before being moved to his final resting place at his Graceland mansion in Memphis.
It was one of nearly 1,000 items belonging to sports and music icons on offer at the weekend.
But Julien’s Auctions said it pulled it out of the sale until the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis “finds a plan that best suits the interests of the fans while respecting and preserving the memory of Elvis”.
“Yes, we did it!” read the website, which organised the effort to halt the sale. “We have just proven that fans can stand united!
“With the effort of ElvisMatters, the help of fan clubs all over the world and the support of over 10,000 fans who signed our petition, the crypt will remain empty − as it should!”
Since Presley’s remains were moved to Graceland, the crypt has remained vacant.
Fans were able to snap up dozens of other items belonging to the King of Rock and Roll at the two-day auction that ended on Sunday, including his personal telephone, sold for €16,371, and a 14-carat gold necklace with the initials “EP” that went for €24,981.
The orange-trimmed robe worn by soul singer Amy Winehouse − who died last year aged 27 − in her 2006 breakout video Rehab sold for €27,479.
And a black and pink negligee worn by Madonna on her 1990 tour fetched the same amount.
A black and white silk ensemble worn by Lady Gaga sold for €22,500 while a pair of Michael Jackson’s tap shoes went for €4,604.
Other items belonging to the late Frank Sinatra and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, as well as Rolling Stones and The Doors memorabilia, also went under the hammer.
On the sports side, a pair of signed Air Jordan XI Concord sneakers worn by the basketball legend Michael Jordan during the 1995-96 NBA season fetched €8,185.
New York Yankees great Mickey Mantle’s rookie season baseball card sold for €5,495, while a dollar bill signed by Babe Ruth went for €2,747.
Multiple items signed by boxing legend Muhammad Ali earned thousands of euros.

Elvis facts

• Elvis Aaron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935.
• Presley’s first RCA single, Heartbreak Hotel, became a number-one hit when it was released in January 1956.
• His first film was Love Me Tender in November 1956.
• In 1973 Elvis staged the first global concert broadcast via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii, seen by approximately 1.5 billion viewers

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