Elvis Tomb to Be Auctioned

Presley's body spent 2 months in Memphis crypt

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted May 29, 2012 12:01 AM CDT | Updated May 29, 2012 12:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – Elvis has left the crypt—and now there's room for a fan. A crypt in a private Memphis mausoleum where Elvis Presley was briefly entombed after his death in 1977 will be auctioned off next month, reports E! Online. The bodies of Elvis and his mother, Gladys, spent about two months in the crypt while the singer's father sought permission from authorities in Tennessee to bury them at Presley's Graceland home.

The chief of Julien's Auctions says he doesn't consider the sale of Elvis' penultimate resting place to be morbid. "If you’re an ultimate fan of Elvis Presley, it’s an opportunity,” he tells the New York Times. "It’s definitely a conversation piece. Only one person can say, ‘Hey, I’m going to be buried where Elvis Presley was.'" The lot, which has a starting price of $100,000, also includes the price of the opening and closing of the vault and crypt for burial, and the use of a chapel for a service.

This image released by Julien's Auctions shows Elvis Presley's crypt in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis.
This image released by Julien's Auctions shows Elvis Presley's crypt in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis.   (AP Photo/Julien's Auctions)
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