Weird Celebrity Memorabilia: Elvis Presley crypt up for auction
Undoubtedly, the cult-status of the world’s iconic celebrities is more than enough to always keep the auction bids soaring. Collectors and celebrity fans are always founded splurging a fortune to get their hands on the memorabilia that once belonged to their loved celebrities. Surprisingly, the celebrity memorabilia market also turns out to be a strange place sometimes, as people pays exorbitant amounts for even the bizarre celebrity collectibles. Nearly, anything touched or used by a famous person now turns out to be a money maker these days. And, to cash-in this fascination, the world’s premier entertainment and celebrity estate auction house, Julien’s Auctions has now announced the auction of Elvis Presley’s crypt, as part of its Music Icons and Sports Legend sale, which is an unprecedented collection of sports and music memorabilia being offered on June 23-24, 2012. However, it’s not new to see Elvis Presley memorabilia on auction, as earlier we have seen his memorabilia on sale at Michaan’s auctions.
The crypt in which the ‘King of Rock and Roll’, the cultural icon of the 20th century Elvis Presley’s body was first laid to rest before being moved to the grounds of his Graceland mansion, is the one item among other hundreds other at the auction that is likely to gain a lot of attention. Elvis died in year 1977, and following his funeral, his body was temporarily entombed in the crypt of a private mausoleum at Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee. And, after two months, his body along with his mother was moved to a permanent site in the meditation garden on the grounds of Graceland. As per Julien’s Auction, the lot of sale also includes the opening and closing of the vault for burial, memorial inscription and use of a small chapel for a memorial service.
Also to be auctioned is a replicated J-45 guitar celebrating Buddy Holly’s 75th birthday and is expected to fetch $10,000 to $20,000.
Other highlights includes is Elvis Presley’s custom made jewelry including E.P. pendant which was given to him in 1971 on stage in Las Vegas. The stunning medallion made of 14k gold and accented with diamonds is expected to fetch $25,000 to $30,000.
Also offered for $15,000 – $17,000 is an Amy Winehouse personally owned Princess Tam + Tim robe that the iconic artist wore in her breakout video ‘Rehab’.
The John Lennon’s signed Rolls Royce registration card dated June 3 for $20,000 $30,000.
And, many antique furnishings and personal items from the home of rock-n-roller “Meat Loaf.”