Elvis kitsch from Graceland Too museum back on auction block

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Posted: Apr 29, 2015 11:13 AM

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — A huge, quirky collection of Elvis Presley memorabilia is about to be auctioned off piece-by-piece.

More than 450 Elvis-related items from the collection of the late Paul MacLeod, operator of the Elvis Too home and museum in Holly Springs, Mississippi, will be put on the auction block once again Saturday on the grounds of the local landmark, The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/1DJvcVB) reports.

The entire collection had initially been sold off in February, but the online auction was cancelled because of a misunderstanding. The winning bidder from Georgia mistakenly thought he was also bidding on the 161-year-old antebellum home when he bid $54,500. The property was actually being sold separately and is still on the market, Greg Kinard of Meridian-based Spur K Auctions said.

"It was just a bad mix-up," Kinard said.

The Graceland Too museum, its walls covered floor-to-ceiling with a mishmash of photos, records, figurines, cardboard cutouts, clocks and other random kitsch featuring Elvis, was not affiliated with Graceland or the Presley estate. People could arrive at any hour, pay $5 and get a tour from the animated MacLeod, who said in 2009 that he drank 24 cans of Coca-Cola a day.

MacLeod, 71, was found dead on his front porch last July.

The items in the auction include albums, guitars, ceramic figurines, commemorative plates, lamps, polyester ruffle-front dress shirts, leather jackets and beaded jumpsuits. They are being sold in order to pay off the roughly $20,000 to $25,000 of debt MacLeod left.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com