Macabre Elvis memorabilia up for auction

2010-07-21 13:33

Instruments used in Elvis Presley’s autopsy and embalming will go

under the hammer in Chicago, including the “John Doe” toe tag used after the

original was stolen amid the chaos at the hospital following the music icon’s


Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will hold the auction on August 12, four

days before the 33rd anniversary of Presley’s death.

The auction house said on Tuesday that all of the items used in the

autopsy and funeral preparations would be available – from rubber gloves and

forceps to a comb and eyeliner.

Even the coffin invoice and the hanger used to

hold Presley’s burial suit would be sold.

The items were saved by the senior embalmer at the Memphis Funeral

Home, which prepared the singer’s body.

The items would be auctioned in two sets valued at up to $6 000 and

$8 000.

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