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Elvis Presley Crypt Pulled From Auction After Fan Uproar

Elvis Presley
Everett Collection

Fans had demanded that the empty tomb be kept as a shrine to the King of Rock 'n' Roll's memory.

Elvis Presley's crypt has left the auction block.

Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien said his company has agreed not to sell the crypt after fans worldwide demanded that it be kept as a shrine to his memory.

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Julien's Auctions announced in May that it would sell the empty tomb at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn., at its "Music Icons" auction this weekend. Julien said the company won't sell the crypt "until Forest Hills finds a plan that best suits the interests of the fans while respecting and preserving the memory of Elvis Presley."

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Presley was interred there alongside his mother, Gladys, after he died Aug. 16, 1977. Two months later, they were reburied at his Graceland home. The original crypt has remained empty ever since.