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Holly Springs Elvis "museum" to be auctioned off Jan 31

HElvis PresleyOLLY SPRINGS — Hundreds of Elvis Presley vinyl singles and albums, a pink Cadillac and the antebellum mansion that became a quirky Elvis shrine will be auctioned this month.

Everything that was “Graceland Too” and all of owner Paul MacLeod’s vehicles will be auctioned Jan. 31 at the mansion in Holly Springs, Attorney Phillip Knecht said.

MacLeod, who gave tours for $5 any time of the day or night, died July 17.

There was no way to keep it going as a tourist attraction, said Knecht, who represented MacLeod during his life.

“Paul was one of a kind, and his family and heirs have no interest in maintaining the attraction,” he wrote in an email. “The building itself is also in poor condition.”

Graceland Too is not affiliated with Graceland. It’s about halfway between Graceland, Presley’s last home in Memphis, Tennessee, and his birthplace in Tupelo.

A fundraiser and celebration of MacLeod’s life was held there Aug. 12, during Elvis Week at Graceland.

“Most of the money that was raised at the August fundraiser went to paying for the event itself, and the rest was used for various estate purposes. We have estate claims totaling over $25,000, so there was never any hope we could have paid off all the claims,” Knecht wrote.

Spur K Auctions will run the auction, including online bidding. Its website includes a list of 329 vinyl records, more than 250 of them by Presley. A good number are multiple copies, including six copies of the “Elvis Christmas Album.”

Graceland Too will open for previews the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 30.

MacLeod’s artwork also will be auctioned. However, Knecht wrote, “Several of us are attempting to save some key pieces from Paul’s collection (mostly Paul’s own artwork, and not Elvis Presley ‘stuff’) for preservation, possibly in our local museum.”

 

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