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Elvis Presley’s Crypt to Be Sold at Auction

Hulton Archive/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The crypt where Elvis Presley was first laid to rest before his body was reburied at Graceland will go under the auctioneer's hammer next month.

The New York Times reports the private crypt, in the mausoleum at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn., will be just one of many rock and roll memorabilia items scheduled for auction by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills.

Elvis Presley was interred in the private crypt alongside his mother Gladys for about two months after he died in 1977 while Presley’s father waited for permission to perform a burial at the singer’s Graceland estate.  The crypt, which has remained empty ever since, is expected to go on sale at a starting price of $100,000.

Other items featured in the upcoming sale include a cigarette pack signed by The Beatles, a robe worn by Amy Winehouse in her video for “Rehab,” and a collection of Chinese ceramic dogs once owned by Meat Loaf.  The auction will run June 23 and 24.

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Whitney Houston Items to Be Auctioned Saturday

Mark Sullivan/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Now that Whitney Houston’s no longer with us, how much is her stuff worth?  We’ll find out this weekend, when a collection of items worn by the late diva will be going up for sale as part of Julien’s Auctions “Hollywood Legends” auction.

In a strange twist of fate, several of her items were set to be included in this particular auction even before she was found dead in her hotel room bathtub on Feb. 11.  “We were one week away from going to the printer [with the catalog],” Julien’s Auctions Executive Director Martin Nolan told ABC News Radio.  “And of course,  as soon as she passed away, people called us to say they had [more] Whitney Houston items.”

The question is whether or not the price of Houston’s possessions will now go through the roof following her death, as did the possessions of Michael Jackson. “This will be, in fact, the first auction of items owned by Whitney Houston that will go on the auction block since she passed away.  So the world media -- in fact, everyone -- is curious to know just how collectible she has become,” said Nolan.

All in all, Nolan said there are about a dozen of Houston’s items going on the block March 31, adding, “Some from her personal life and some from stage performances, and some from her acting career from the movie The Bodyguard, which she’s obviously very famous for.”  Among the items: a vest and two sets of earrings that she wore in The Bodyguard, several stage costumes, including a black lace pantsuit, a gold satin jacket and a beaded bustier; and a grey velvet gown that she wore to Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy Awards party in 1996.

And in case you’re thinking that the auction house must’ve jacked up the prices on the Houston items after her death, they didn’t.  “We did have that conversation and we decided that, no, we would leave the estimates as is and they’re conservative,” Nolan told ABC News Radio.  “So all the auction companies will be looking at this auction to see how collectible she has become and where is the benchmark.”  The items range from about $500 to $2,000 dollars.

As for those who feel this auction is in poor taste, or is taking place too soon, Nolan said that he realizes that “there’s always this certain element of people that feel that yes, maybe it’s a little insensitive.”  However, he feels that the auction house is actually “preserving the history” of Houston by documenting her possessions and telling their story.  “We’re protecting her legacy and that’s what we have,” said Nolan. “You know, she’s no longer with us, but we want to keep that memory alive.”

Those who want to watch the auction live, or even bid, can access the sale at  The first session takes place 10 a.m. PT on Saturday.

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