Remember when Elvis Presley’s kingly hair when up for auction in Chicago? If you thought that was morbid and perhaps in bad taste, getting a clump of Presley’s thatch seems positively serene compared to what’s coming next. Yes, the tools that were used to perform his autopsy are now being auctioned, with an expected total of $10,000 to $14,000 expected to be raised.
The various rubber gloves, forceps and aneurysm hooks available all made contact with the King, and Leslie Hindman Auctioneers believe there are some sufficiently morbid fans out there to make them worth a sizable amount of cash. The auctioneers claim that a senior embalmer at the Memphis Funeral Home set the items aside after the autopsy, and waited for a good moment (which, for some inexplicable reason, is now) to auction them off.
“The mortician, who prepared the body, retained this tag and the instruments, along with the preparation room case report, the case sheet, dry cleaning tags, the hanger to the singer's suit and tie, and the coffin shipping invoice, which are marked 'Elvis Presley,'" said spokeswoman Mary Williams to Reuters. Yes, you can really own Elvis’s coffin shipping invoice. "It's really about owning a piece of the celebrity themselves," Williams said. "And how much closer can you get than the actual embalming instruments?" What's next? Jim Morrison's bath tub?
[via The Guardian]
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