When it comes to safe investments, everybody knows two options: art and celebrity items. However, auction houses and sellers have quite an eye for celebrity items with high selling potential. This time it is Elvis Presley’s tomb which will be sold in auction.
Quite an unusual item to put up for sale, but then again, we’re talking about Elvis Presley, one of the most popular men ever. Not to mention he remains one of United States symbols. Next month, celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien is putting for sale several items in his “Music Icons” auction. However Elvis Presley’s tomb remains the most unusual.
According to Darren Julien, the buyer will receive the actual crypt in which Elvis Presley was interred there with his mother. The tomb is however empty now, because two months after Elvis Presley’s death both him and his mother, Gladys, were reburied in a crypt built near his Graceland mansion.
So, the lucky buyer of Elvis Presley’s tomb will get the following: “the crypt, opening and closing of the vault for burial, a memorialization inscription and use of a chapel for a committal service”.
The crypt in subject is at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee. For those of you born after 1980 that might not tell you that much, but during the 70’s many rock’n’roll stars were buried there. In the end, the tomb of the King of Rock and Roll was there for a brief moment.
Darren Julien’s “Music Icons” auction is set to start June 23 and continues throughout the next day too. It features quite a list of celebrity items, but Elvis Presley’s tomb is the most popular. However, if you’re not in the market for a crypt, then maybe a ripped T-shirt Keith Richards once wore during a concert with the Stones or a robe wore by Amy Winehouse in the video for “Rehab” might do the trick.
The auction also features clothing and memorabilia that once belonged to David Bowie, Michael Jackson and John Lennon. There are also items from the world of sports, such as shoes worn and signed by basketball star Michael Jordan and a skin suit that Lance Armstrong wore during the 2003 Tour de France.