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    Tue, 27 Jul 2010 12:17:46

    Elvis Autopsy Tools Removed From Auction - Their authenticity was questioned

    It sounds like a story lifted from a death metal song lyric, but is sadly true. A collection of autopsy tools used to prepare Elvis Presley's body has been removed from auction after doubts were raised about their provenance and authenticity. This begs the question: if these instruments were indeed authentic, why would anyone want to buy them, anyway? Oh right, Elvis Presley is big business, especially posthumously.

    Chicago-based Leslie Hindman Auctioneers last week said rubber gloves, forceps, lip brushes, a comb, eye liner, needle injectors and a toe tag, all of which were used on Presley ahead of his funeral in 1977, would go on sale on August 12. You have to be a pretty diehard – pardon the pun- fan of the King to want to purchase any of these morbid items. I get the "cool" and "goth" element of these tools, but really? The instruments were said to have been saved for years by an anonymous, retired embalmer at the Memphis Funeral Home. The auctioneer estimated a sale price of up to $14,000.

    Mary Williams, a spokeswoman for the auction house, said the instruments had been withdrawn from auction after the funeral operator laid claim to them. "Due to questions of ownership, the retired embalmer and his son have decided to turn over the property to the Memphis Funeral Home and its parent company, Service Corporation International, with the intention of donation," Williams said in a statement. According to Reuters, Memphis Funeral Home President E.C. Daves also told The Commercial Appeal newspaper in Tennessee that there was no way to tell whether the items being offered for sale were authentic. He said the retired embalmer claims he took the items after Presley was embalmed, but another employee told him the equipment was sterilized and used again.

    Elvis memorabilia always takes home a lot of cash, so maybe it isn't shocking that these items were made available.

    How creep is it to buy Elvis autopsy tools?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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