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Elvis Presley's crypt pulled from auction block
A florist adds more floral arrangements to the overflowing collection of flowers that cover the ground at the mausoleum where singer Elvis Presley will be entombed during funeral services today in Memphis, Tenn. Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien says the crypt inside the granite and marble mausoleum where Presley was originally entombed at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn., will be part of his "Music Icons" auction on June 23 and 24, 2012, in Beverly Hills, Calif. AP Photo, File.

By: Sandy Cohen, AP Entertainment Writer



LONDON.- Elvis Presley's crypt has left the auction block.

Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien said Friday that his company has agreed not to sell the crypt after fans worldwide demanded that it be kept as a shrine to his memory.

Julien's Auctions announced in May that it would sell the empty tomb at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn., at its "Music Icons" auction Sunday. Julien said the company won't sell the crypt "until Forest Hills finds a plan that best suits the interests of the fans while respecting and preserving the memory of Elvis Presley."

Presley was interred there alongside his mother, Gladys, after he died Aug. 16, 1977. Two months later, they were reburied at his Graceland home. The original crypt has remained empty ever since.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.










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