However, a bible owned by the music icon makes £59,000
A pair of stained underpants owned and worn by Elvis Presley have failed to sell at auction.
The pants, which were worn by Presley underneath one of his jumpsuits during a performance in 1977, hadn’t been washed since Elvis took them off, and featured a suspicious yellow stain on the front of the crotch.
Though bids for the item reached £5,000, the underwear did not sell as the reserve price of £7,000 was not reached, reports BBC News.
At the same auction in Stockport, near Manchester on Saturday (September 8), a bible which was given to Elvis by his uncle Vester and aunt Clettes for his first Christmas at Graceland in 1957, fetched £59,000 after being sold to an unnamed American man based in the UK. The book was only expected to make £25,000.
Karen Fairweather of Omega Auctions said of the selling the bible, which was annotated by Elvis: “It was a really exciting atmosphere in the room, we had 300 people and there was bidding online and on the telephone across the world. You could hear a pin drop when it sold for that price… There was a round of applause when the hammer went down. It was incredible.”
The 35th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley was recently marked by a candlelit vigil at his Graceland home in Memphis. It was attended by an estimated 75,000 fans.
Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977 at the age of 42 after suffering a heart attack. He is buried in the grounds of Graceland alongside his parents and grandmother. There is also a memorial headstone for his twin, Jesse Garon.