Elvis Presley's original burial site up for auction

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    HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (CBS) -- Want the ultimate gift for the true blue suede Elvis fan? Up for sale is the site where Presley's body lay until it was transferred to its current home at Graceland. One fan will be able to spend eternity resting where Elvis Presley's body lay until it was transferred to Graceland will be offered for sale. Bidding will open at $100,000.

    After Presley died in August 1977, a procession brought his body to the private mausoleum. The singer's mother, Gladys, was disinterred and also laid to rest there, at the behest of Presley's father, Vernon. Elvis and Gladys lay at Forest Hill for about two months, until the family received a permit to bury them in the meditation garden at Graceland.

    Viewed from the outside, Presley's original grave doesn't look much different to the other VIP tombs at Forest Hill cemetery, in Memphis, Tennessee, but fans still leave wreaths and remembrances at the cast iron gates.

    The site is one of the items in an upcoming sale by Julien's Auctions, which also includes an x-ray of Presley's hand and a letter from Michael Jackson to Elvis's daughter, Lisa Marie - Jackson. Whoever wins the auction will receive the right to the burial vault, its opening and closing for a funeral, the use of a chapel for a committal service, and a memorial inscription.

    Other highlights among the hundreds of items being offered include a very rare opportunity to own pieces of Lady Gaga's personal wardrobe, Amy Winehouse personally owned Princesse Tam + Tim robe that the artist wore in her breakout video "Rehab", a John Lennon spare suit from the film "Hard Day's Night (Est: $4,000-$6,000), a John Lennon signed and inscribed New Year's Card (1977/1978) from John, Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon with caricatures drawn of the three of them (Est: $3,000-$5,000), a John Lennon signed Rolls Royce registration card dated June 3, 1965 (Est: $20,000-$30,000), ephemera from George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney and Wings, a Beatles Platinum Record award for Yellow Submarine (Est: $1,000-$2,000), a Beatles signed 1963 Swedish promotional poster (Est: $6,000 -$8,000), Mick Jagger's stage worn tail coat from the 1989-1990 Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle tour ($1,000-$2,000), a Grateful Dead original Family Dog poster FD-26 (Est: $3,000-$5,000) and a very special Delaney Bramlett vintage 1913 Gibson style O guitar owned by Bramlett (Est: $4,000-$6,000).

    The auction will be held in Beverly Hills on June 23-24.

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