The New York Times is reporting that the King of Rock N’ Roll’s original crypt, the place where he was first buried, will hit auction next month.
Elvis Presley was originally interred at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis in 1977. His body, along with the body of his mother Gladys, was removed from the mausoleum two months later to his Graceland estate after his father requested permission to do so from the state of Tennessee.
That original burial spot is now set to hit auction, and it’s expected to draw a huge sum. Bidding for the crypt starts at $100,000 and the winning offer receives a memorial inscription, use of the chapel for a service, and the opening and closing of the vault and crypt for burial.
For fans of Elvis Presley, being buried in the same spot where “The King” once laid is the ultimate tribute.
Darren Julien, the president of Julien’s Auctions, called into Los Angeles station K-EARTH this morning to explain just how he was able to get a hold of the King’s crypt.
“We were contacted by the cemetery to sell it,” Julien says. “Basically it’s been shut empty since Elvis was in it however many years ago. He was laid to rest there when he first passed and then they had to get permits from the state to bury him on Graceland.”
Julien explains that he didn’t have to get the family’s permission to sell Elvis’ crypt since the cemetery owns the tomb.
“It’s a chance of a lifetime for one person somewhere to have the bragging rights to say that they are going to be entombed where Elvis Presley was,” Julien says. “We’re getting a lot of response actually… people are dying to get into it.”
The crypt is part of a two-day long “Music Icons” memorabilia sale, to be held by Julien’s Auctions on June 23rd and 24th.
Andrew Celani – CBS Local