Instruments from Elvis' embalming to be auctioned

Elvis Presley in a photo taken in 1958.
Elvis Presley in a photo taken in 1958.

CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago auction house says instruments used in Elvis Presley's autopsy and the embalming of his body will be up for sale on August 12 - just four days before the 33rd anniversary of his death.

A spokesman for Leslie Hindman Auctioneers said Tuesday the items were saved for many years by the senior embalmer at the Memphis Funeral Home, which prepared Presley's body for viewing after his Aug. 16, 1977 death.

The items to be auctioned off include rubber gloves, forceps, lip brushes, needle injectors, and an arterial tube.

The collection also includes a toe tag marked "John Doe," which was placed on Presley after a fan stole the one with his name on it, plus the preparation room case report, the case sheet, dry cleaning tags, the hanger from the singer's suit and the coffin shipping invoice.

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