Elvis fans looking to own the late singer's original resting place have been shut down by those appalled by the idea.
Back in May, Julien's Auctions announced that it would sell the empty tomb at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn., as part of its "Music Icons" auction. Presley was laid to rest there alongside his mother, Gladys, after he died at the age of 42 in 1977. Following attempts to steal the singer's body, they were reburied two months later at his Graceland home. The crypt has since remained vacant.
Julien's said the winner of the auction would "receive the crypt, the opening and closing of the vault for burial, a memorialization inscription and use of a chapel for a memorial service." It was expected to sell for at least $500,000.
Fan outcry over the move was massive, with the website ElvisMatters.com
organizing a petition against the sale with more than 10,000 signatures.
"YES WE DID IT!!" reads the website. "We have just proven that fans can stand united! With the effort of ElvisMatters, the help of fan clubs all over the world and the support of over 10,000 fans who signed our petition, the crypt will remain empty — as it should!"
The Hollywood Reporter says
that auction officials will not sell the crypt "until Forest Hills finds a plan that best suits the interest of the fans while respecting and preserving the memory of Elvis Presley."
"I am (disappointed), but I understand the cemetery's position," Julien said. "They want to do what is best for the long term. It does happen at times in the auction world. I think the cemetery does want to make it a shrine long term."