The King’s Blue Suede Toe-Tags (Valued at $8,000/each)

Elvis Toe Tag 2010

Elvis Toe Tag 2010

When I heared about this story on Imus in the Morning this image immediately popped in my head.  Although it took me a week to compose it I’m glad I finally got around to it.

The sketch was created using soft pastels on yellow trace and then edited online using Picnik to get the film overlay effect.  Here is the found image I used for the overlays.

Read the BBC Article.

Taking the craze for Elvis Presley memorabilia to a new level, the autopsy tools used on “The King’s” dead body will go under the hammer ahead of the icon’s 33rd death anniversary. The instruments and assorted paraphernalia from the Memphis funeral home where Presley’s dead body was autopsied will be auctioned on August 12 by Chicago’s Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, reported BBC online. On offer are rubber gloves, forceps, lip brushes, a comb and eye liner, needle injectors, an arterial tube and aneurysm hooks, which were all used only once, specifically for “The King”, Elvis Presley. “There is also a preparation room case report, the case sheet, dry cleaning tags, the hanger to the singer’s suit and tie and the coffin shipping invoice, which are marked ‘Elvis Presley,’” said a spokesperson for the auction house. Presley’s toe-tag will also be auctioned, labelled “John Doe” because his real one was purloined by a fan at the hospital where he was taken following heart problems in August 1977. The toe-tag is expected to fetch upto $5,000 while the other items are expected to fetch up $8,000 each. —PTI

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