Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien has a history of putting some controversial items up on the auction block in the past (see – Michael Jackson’s death bed), but his celebrity auctions give avid collectors a chance to own a piece of entertainment history.
His latest item up for bid that’s raising eyebrows is none other than Elvis Presley’s original crypt he was buried in next to his mother Gladys at Forest Hill cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee in 1977. Darren called in this morning to explain just how he was able to get a hold of the King’s crypt for his upcoming Music Icons auction in June.
“We were contacted by the cemetery to sell it,” explains Julien. “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 rights to the tomb. Elvis was buried in the original tomb inside the granite and marble mausoleum at the Forest Lawn cemetery until two months later when he and his mother were moved to the permanent burial site at his Graceland home.
“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,” said Julien. “We’re getting a lot of response actually…people are dying to get in to it.”
If you want to jump at the chance of lying in the King’s tomb for eternity, it will cost you a pretty penny. The starting bid is set at $100,000 and Julien estimates it to reach a high price.
But if buying Elvis’ tomb is a little too morbid for your taste, Julien’s Music Icons auction will feature over 900 more items owned by artists from Lady Gaga to Whitney Houston for collectors to bid on.
The Music Icons auction takes place on Sunday, June 24th. For more information visit, juliensauctions.com. Listen to our full interview with Darren Julien below to hear more about selling Elvis’ crypt, plus his Les Paul guitar auction starting on June 8th!