Elvis Presley Crypt Up For Sale in an Auction
Another memorabilia item is up for grabs at Julien’s Auctions. Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien is selling Elvis Presley’s original crypt to the highest bidder as part of his “Music Icons” auction to be held in Beverly Hills, California on June 23 to 24, 2012.
As announced by Julien’s Auctions on their official website on Monday, May 28, 2012, this two-day event will feature items from Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards and the late singer Amy Winehouse to basketball superstar Michael Jordan, the auctioneer said in a statement on Monday. Among these items, Elvis Presley’s crypt is likely to gain attention of bidders.
Elvis Presley‘s original crypt is located inside the granite and marble mausoleum at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee and has remained empty, with an Elvis‘ statue to commemorate his time and also serves as nostalgic place for those who want to come and visit ‘The King’.
“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.’” Julien’s Auctions President and CEO Darren Julien said.
Based on history, Elvis Presley, who passed away on August 16, 1977, was buried on the said crypt for two months along with his mother Gladys Presley, while his father Vernon Presley is still waiting for the approval from the state of Tennessee for their burial on private grounds in Graceland.
This Elvis Presley auction lot (#796A) has a starting price of $100,000 which comprises of the opening and closing of the vault for burial, a memorialization inscription and use of a chapel for a committal service. Transportation and funeral home charges are not included in the lot, and the crypt cannot be moved from its’ original location.
Meanwhile, if crypts aren’t your thing, other memorabilia items from Elvis Presley that is included at Julien’s Auctions event is his custom made jewelry which is a 14k gold medallion estimated to fetch an amount between $25,000 to $30,000.