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Elvis Presley's original crypt in Tennesee to be auctioned off


An original photograph of Elvis Presley autographed and inscribed to songwriter and compose Irving Berlin on auction at Gotta Have It! store on March 21, 2012 in New York City.


Michael Loccisano

LOS ANGELES — Extreme Elvis Presley fans, take note: the King's original crypt at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee that briefly housed Presley and his mother is up for auction, the Associated Press reported Monday

The crypt, where Elvis was buried for a couple months before being being moved to his final resting place at Graceland, is part of Beverly Hills-based Julien's Auctions' sale of pop-music memorabilia taking place June 23 and 24, TMZ reported

Though the idea of buying the music legend's crypt may give some the heebie-jeebies, CEO of Julien’s Auctions Darren Julien doesn't think the item is creepy in the slightest. 

“I just consider that if you’re an ultimate fan of Elvis Presley, it’s an opportunity,” Julien told the New York Times. “It’s definitely a conversation piece. Only one person can say, ‘Hey, I’m going to be buried where Elvis Presley was.’”

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The burial lot has a starting price of $100,000, which includes the opening and closing of the vault and crypt for burial; a memorial inscription; and the use of the chapel for a service, according to the Times. Transportation and funeral home charges are not included, and the crypt cannot be moved from its' original location, the Times reported. 

Elvis' father Vernon always intended to bury Elvis at Graceland (where he now rests, unless you believe the conspiracy theories) but the sultry singer was interred in the marble and granite mausoleum until the state of Tennessee granted Vernon permission to bury his son on private grounds, CNN reported.

The crypt has been empty since the King and his mother left, marked only by a statue commemorating his brief stay there, according to CNN.

If crypts aren't your thing, some of the other items being auctioned off at the "Music Icons" sale include singer Amy Winehouse's robe from the “Rehab” music video and a cigarette packet signed by the Beatles, according to the Times. 

Elvis' crypt is hardly Julien's Auctions' first star-studded sale, however: they also sold Michael Jackson's "Thriller" jacket, Marilyn Monroe's "River of No Return Dress," and one of John Lennon's jackets, TMZ reported. 

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