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OTRC: Elvis Presley's Memphis crypt up for auction starting at $100,000

Elvis Presley appears in an undated photo posted on his Facebook page. / In this undated image released by Julien's Auctions, shows singer Elvis Presley's Crypt in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn., that will be auctioned as part of Music Icons June 23rd & 24th, 2012, at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif. (facebook.com/elvis / Julien's Auctions)

Elvis Presley fans will soon be able to own a unique item of the music legend's empire --his original crypt in Memphis, Tennessee.

The crypt, which is located inside a granite and marble mausoleum at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, will be auctioned off on June 23 to the highest bidder by Julien's Auctions.

The company is known for the auctions of other pop culturally significant items like Whitney Houston's dress and earrings she wore in "The Bodyguard" and Michael Jackson's red leather jacket seen in the 1983 "Thriller" music video.

The crypt is part of the "Music Icons" auction, set to begin next month. Bidding for the crypt will start at $100,000. Presley was laid to rest in the crypt on August 18, 1977, alongside his mother, Gladys, after he died Aug. 16, 1977.

The crypt was meant to be a temporary resting place while Presley's father, Vernon, got the proper permission from the state of Tennessee to burry Elvis Presley and his mother at Graceland. Two months later, they were re-buried at a garden at Graceland and a statue of the singer was placed in the crypt to commemorate his temporary resting place.

The winning bidder from the auction will receive the crypt, opening and closing of the vault for burial, a memorialization inscription and use of a chapel for a committal service. Transportation and funeral home charges are not included.

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