I’m currently scrolling through the online catalog for Julien’s late June “Sports Legends and Music Icons” auction, but can’t quite decide on which Elvis Presley ephemera I want to bid on.
A film reel of one of The King’s 1957 concerts? It won’t play on my iPad. Champagne glasses from his wedding? That would give my girlfriend too many ideas. A vial of his hair? Way too creepy. The crypt he was originally buried in? That’s the one!
Yes, Julien’s will award the crypt Elvis was buried in for several weeks in 1977 to the highest bidder as part of its June 23-24 auction. It’s certainly a grave offering, but the Hollywood auction house anticipates significant demand from the rock legend’s most dedicated fans – the starting bid is a cool $100,000. Non-committal buyers beware.
Elvis was initially laid to rest at Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis on August 18, 1977. Elvis’ father eventually got permission to permanently bury his son and deceased wife at the family’s Graceland compound, so he moved them there less than two months after the ceremony.
The Julien’s package includes permanent ownership of the crypt (located inside Forest Hill’s granite and marble mausoleum), opening and closing of the crypt for burial, memorialization inscription and use of the cemetery’s chapel for funeral purposes. However, other funeral and transportation costs are not included with the vault’s hefty price tag.
“You have to be a major fan,” Julien’s CEO Darren Julien told Memphis newspaper The Commercial Appeal. “I guess it’s a great conversation piece.”