Tools Used in Elvis’ Autopsy Go to Auction

A Chicago auction house says instruments used in Elvis Presley's autopsy and the embalming of his body will be up for sale on August 12 -- just four days before the 33rd anniversary of his death.

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This should help put to rest any lingering claims that the King of Rock 'n Roll is still alive.
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A Chicago auction house says instruments used in Elvis Presley's autopsy and the embalming of his body will be up for sale on August 12 -- just four days before the 33rd anniversary of his death.
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A spokesman for Leslie Hindman Auctioneers said Tuesday the items were saved for many years by the senior embalmer at the Memphis Funeral Home, which prepared Presley's body for viewing after his Aug. 16, 1977 death.
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The items to be auctioned off include rubber gloves, forceps, lip brushes, needle injectors, and an arterial tube.
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"It’s really about owning a piece of the celebrity themselves ... and how much closer can you get than the actual embalming instruments," said Mary Williams, a spokeswoman for Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.
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The collection also includes a toe tag marked "John Doe," which was placed on Presley after a fan stole the one with his name on it...
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... plus the preparation room case report, the case sheet...
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... dry cleaning tags, the hanger from the singer's suit and the coffin shipping invoice.
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The same auction house last year put up other items once belonging to Elvis, including a monogrammed shirt, wedding photos, sweaty concert scarves and human hair.
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The belongings fetched thousands. The photos brought in $4,000, the Presley sweaty scarf $1,900, the hair $15,000 and the top-priced item for the day -- an "EP" monogrammed shirt -- went for for $52,000.
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