In what might be considered one of the more morbid celebrity auctions, a number of tools used in the autopsy and embalming of Elvis Presley will go up for sale at Chicago's Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.
The items, which are all listed as having been used only once, include:
- "John Doe" toe tag
- rubber gloves
- needles, tubes, and hooks
- various paperwork
The gruesome collection was saved by a senior embalmer at the Memphis Funeral Home for over thirty years.
Mary Williams, a spokesperson for Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, commented on the unusual sale:
"It's really about owning a piece of the celebrity themselves ... and how much closer can you get than the actual embalming instruments?"