Elvis Presley fans can lay their love for the music icon to rest — literally — by purchasing the crypt where Elvis’ body was originally buried before his remains were moved to the Graceland estate.
The highest bidder will own the rights to be buried in the original resting place of The King himself.
Presley and his mother Gladys were buried in a mausoleum in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn. for two months after Elvis’ death in 1977. The bodies were then moved to Graceland, freeing up the space for a fan willing to lay down major cash to lay to rest in Elvis’ original grave.
The sale, held by Julien’s Auctions, will take place on June 23-24 as part of the annual Music Icons auction. But be prepared to dig deep in your wallet — the starting price is $100,000 and Darren Julien, the president and CEO of the company, says there has been a lot of buzz about the sale.
“This is a highly sought after item,” Julien said. “We’re getting interest from all over the world.”
Buying the rights to be buried in your favorite musician’s grave may seem a little out there to some, but Julien says it’s a way to be a part of pop culture history.
“When you’re an avid fan of somebody, it’s a little different than most things, like something he wore on stage, it’s more of an investment,” he said. “But it’s all a way to be a part of pop culture history. Fans, especially Elvis fans, want everything that has to do with him.”
Julien said he was contacted by the cemetery to auction off the rights to the grave on their behalf.