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Elvis crypt withdrawn from US auction

Published Jun 25, 2012 07:10am

An 1973 Elvis Presley X-ray (Est: USD $4,000-$6,000) is on display at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California on the first day of Julien's Music Icons and Sports Legends two-day auction, June 23, 2012 The injury was sustained by Presley during a karate session in Las Vegas. — AFP Photo

LOS ANGELES: The crypt in which Elvis Presley was first buried has been withdrawn from a huge auction of sports and music memorabilia in Los Angeles following virulent protests from the King's fans.

The crypt - in which Presley was buried in 1997 before being moved to his final resting place at his Graceland mansion in Memphis - was to be one of nearly 1,000 items belonging to sports and music icons on offer at the weekend.

But Julien's Auctions said it had put a stop to the crypt sale until the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis “finds a plan that best suits the interests of the fans while respecting and preserving the memory of Elvis Presley.”

”YES WE DID IT!!” read the website ElvisMatters.com, which organized the effort to halt the sale. “We have just proven that fans can stand united!

“With the effort of ElvisMatters, the help of fan clubs all over the world and the support of over 10,000 fans who signed our petition, the crypt will remain empty - as it should!”Since Presley's remains were moved to Graceland, the crypt has remained vacant.

A 1973 photograph of Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali and signed by Ali is on display at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California on the first day of Julien's Music Icons and Sports Legends auction, June 23, 2012 The photograph, which was estimated at USD $400-$600, was sold for USD $15,360. — AFP Photo

Fans were able to snap up dozens of other items belonging to the King at the two-day auction ending Sunday, including his personal telephone, sold for $20,480, and a 14-carat gold necklace with the initials “EP”, sold for $31,250.

The orange-trimmed robe worn by soul singer Amy Winehouse - who died last year at age 27 - in her 2006 breakout video “Rehab” sold for $34,375. A black and pink negligee worn by Madonna on her 1990 tour earned the same amount.

A black and white silk ensemble worn by Lady Gaga sold for $28,125, while a pair of Michael Jackson's tap shoes went for $5,760.

Other items belonging to the late Frank Sinatra and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, as well as Rolling Stones and Doors memorabilia, also went under the hammer.

Elvis Presley's personal telephone (Est: USD $4,000-$6,000) is on display at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California on the first day of Julien's two-day Music Icons and Sports Legends auction, June 23, 2012 The Decotel rotary dial destop telephone with retractable cord has a handwritten namplate reading “E.P. Private” in Elvis' hand. — AFP Photo

On the sports side, a pair of signed Air Jordan XI Concord sneakers worn by the basketball legend Michael Jordan during the 1995-96 NBA season sold for $10,240.

New York Yankees great Mickey Mantle's rookie season baseball card sold for $6,875, while a dollar bill signed by Babe Ruth went for $3,437.50. Multiple items signed by boxing legend Muhammad Ali earned thousands of dollars.

An 1973 Elvis Presley X-ray (Est: USD $4,000-$6,000) is on display at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California on the first day of Julien's Music Icons and Sports Legends two-day auction, June 23, 2012 The injury was sustained by Presley during a karate session in Las Vegas. — AFP Photo


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