Own an Elvis costume? Consider yourself the biggest fan of The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley? Well, you fanatic fan, now is your chance to own a huge part of Elvis’s history: the first crypt where Elvis was laid to rest.
On June 23, 2012, Darren Julien, a celebrity auctioneer, is expected to auction off Elvis Presley’s original crypt. The auction is part of the “Sports Legends and Music Icons” auction, which is expected to have 1,000 other items sold along with The King’s crypt, including Yoko Ono’s sunglasses and costumes worn by the Jackson 5.
After Elvis passed away on August 16, 1977, he was buried alongside his mother, Gladys, at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee. Two months later, Elvis’s body was removed from that first crypt and transported to his Graceland home, where he was buried again. The first crypt has remained empty since Elvis’s body was moved.
Bidding for the crypt is scheduled to begin at $100,000, and, according to Julien’s website, “This lot includes: the crypt where Elvis was once entombed; opening and closing of the vault and crypt for burial; memorialization inscription; and use of a small chapel for a committal service.”
Whether you have an unhealthy obsession with The King, or have a relative ready to kick the bucket in the next few months, this crypt is ideal for anyone looking to own a piece of history. Better start saving up the pennies, though, because this auction is sure to skyrocket well past the starting big of $100,000.