OK, depending on how you look at it, this one actually may have made the King’s estate some money. Here’s an account
of his funeral: “Elvis’ burial began with a long procession down the street that bore his name, a white hearse and seventeen white limousines behind, ending at Forest Hill Cemetary. The 900-pound copper coffin was carried by pallbearers Jerry Schilling, Joe Esposito, George Klein, Lamar Fike, Billy Smith, Charlie Hodges, Gene Smith, and Dr. George Nichopoulous. A small service was then held in the mausoleum, followed by the paying of respects from family and friends. Elvis' father, Vernon, was the last to pay respects, kissing the coffin and repeating ‘Daddy will be with you soon.’”
Copper, even 900 pounds of it, sounds reasonable. Certainly more reasonable than Alexander the Great’s gold casket. Also interesting: President Jimmy Carter reportedly
deployed 300 National Guard troops to keep things under control at Elvis’ funeral.
Presley is buried “on the grounds of Graceland,” but get this, the crypt at Forest Hill cemetery in which he was originally interred is now empty (his daughter had him moved, to keep pesky tourists away). The empty crypt continues to attract Elvis fans, though, and is for sale
“at a reported price of over one million dollars.”
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