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Elvis Presley's Crypt Up for Auction

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According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the most expensive hair ever sold belonged to Elvis Presley. In 2002, his barber sold three inches of the King’s hair to an anonymous buyer for $115,120. Guinness doesn’t specify whether this also won the world record for creepiest purchase.

In the buyer’s defense, the hair did come with three certificates of authenticity.

For the serious collector, one who’s unsatisfied only having three inches of his head look like Elvis’, an upcoming auction has some great opportunities. Along with a book annotated by Presley ($2,000-$4,000 estimate), a letter he wrote ($10,000-$12,000 estimate), and a necklace featuring the initials E.P. ($25,000-$30,000 estimate), one lucky fan can buy Elvis’ first crypt.

Bidding starts at $100,000.

According to MSNBC, the story goes something like this: When Presley passed away, he was initially entombed at Memphis’s Forest Hill Cemetery. After two months, he was moved to the grounds of Graceland along with his mother, where he remains today.

The crypt stayed behind and has been put on sale by Julien’s Auctions of Beverley Hills. The winning bidder will receive “the crypt, opening and closing of the vault for burial, memorial inscription and use of a small chapel for a memorial service.”

Sounds like quite a deal.

The auction includes nearly 1,000 items, 45 of them Elvis related. It starts on June 23 and will run for two days. Shoppers will also be able to bid on a shirt owned by Keith Richards and a robe of Amy Winehouse’s.

The sale of Elvis’ former crypt is sure to generate a lot of attention from fans of the singer and fans of the weird. That said, I do wonder about the person who actually purchases the tomb.

Guinness’s site doesn’t have a record for most expensive Elvis memorabilia. However, the fastest marathon ever run while dressed as Elvis was completed in 2009 with a time of two hours, forty minutes, and fifty-two seconds.
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