Julien’s Auctions was ready to sell off Elvis Presley’s original resting place during a two-day sale this past weekend, but fan backlash put an end to it.
Elvis Presley was initially 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 was expected to draw a huge sum, with the bidding to start at $100,000. The highest offer would have received a memorial inscription, use of the chapel for a service, and the opening and closing of the vault and crypt for burial.
Auction owner Darren Julien said at the time, “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. We’re getting a lot of response actually… people are dying to get into it.”
He must have been bluffing, because the responses he received were mostly, if not all, negative. The sale was called off before yesterday’s auction after fans made their voices heard loud and clear.
Julien confirmed the item’s removal and said that no further action would be taken “until Forest Hills finds a plan that best suits the interests of the fans, while respecting and preserving the memory of Elvis Presley.”
Andrew Celani — WODS.com