Elvis Presley autopsy instruments removed from auction

The legitimacy of the collection of medical implements was brought into question

Elvis Presley is the highest earning dead celebrity in a list compiled by Forbes.com this week. The singer came top for the second year in a row aided by the 30th anniversary of his death in August 2007, which saw his estate take $52 million last year - thanks to new ventures including the Elvis Sirius Satellite Radio show, merchandise and visitors to his Memphis home Graceland. Pic: PA Photos
A collection of medical implements which were allegedly used during Elvis Presley's autopsy have been removed from an auction in Chicago.

The auction was due to feature forceps, aneurysm hooks and even a toe tag for identifying Presley's corpse in the morgue.

The assortment of instruments were reportedly kept by a senior embalmer who worked at the Memphis funeral home where Presley's body was stored after he died in 1977.

Set to sell for an estimated $14,000 (£9,300), the auction was called into question after another employee at the home suggested the equipment was sterilised and used again in other autopsies, reports Contact Music.

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