A new Low in Elvis World

With all of the tacky items that EPE licenses, with people who met or were close to Elvis selling their stories or gifts from him, with the poor calibre of repetitious hits packages by RCA/BMG/Sony;  I can only hope that we have now hit the rock bottom of Elvis related items for sale.

Autopsy artifacts.

“Autopsy tools used to embalm and prepare Elvis Presley’s body for his funeral in 1977 and a toe tag used on the singer for identification purposes are set to go under the hammer at a Chicago auction house.

The instruments up for sale at Leslie Hindman auctioneer’s on Aug. 12 include rubber gloves, forceps, lip brushes, a comb and eye liner, needle injectors, an arterial tube and aneurysm hooks, all of which the auction house say were used only once. “

As an Elvis fan, I have kept my collection primarily focused on music, video and books. The other items I have include some Elvis themed board games, playing cards, trading cards and a few posters..

While I would love to own an Elvis worn or owned item, there has to be a line of what to collect, and not only for storage concerns, but also decorum.

I am not going to say good taste, because part of the fun of Elvis was his lack of a distinguishing between what was good and bad.

Listening to outtakes of many of the movie songs, it is clear that Elvis found the songs distasteful, but he wasn’t phoning them in – he gave tracks like “No Room to Rhumba in a sports car”; “Song of the Shrimp” and “Dog’s Life” just as much effort as his early hits. A strong talent can raise the level of the material after all. Let’s be honest, except for the title track, the songs in his first movie,  Love Me Tender, weren’t chart material either.

Princess Diana showed that we do truly love our celebrities to death, but keeping autopsy tools? Wanting to own them? For an amount of money that could be a down payment on a car or condo? Or fund a post secondary semester?

It was one thing to hang outside Elvis’ homes when he was alive, because he did regularly interact with fans. It’s understandable to want to have been close to him.

But autopsy tools, prescription bottles and other such paraphernalia that might have touched him in a medical context – will not bring you close to him nor provide any deeper understanding of him as a person or his cultural impact.

What’s next?

People hanging out in the Memphis airport selling Saint relics?

Elvis’ bones!

Pieces of his true guitar!

Elvis Presley’s Gibson J-200