Elvis Presley's remaining two jets have been put up for sale. Estate officials at Graceland asked the current owners of the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II to find a new home for the planes in July (14) after deciding to exercise their option to end a 30-year agreement to keep them at the Memphis, Tennessee tourist attraction.
Owner K.G. Coker recently started negotiations with estate officials to keep the aircraft at Graceland, but the talks have since failed and Coker is now seeking to offload the jets.
The advertisement for the planes does not list a price, but the future owner will not be able to fly them, as Coker explains, "They're both museum pieces."
The Lisa Marie and Hound Dog II, which have been on display at Presley's mansion since the mid-1980s, will no longer be among the attractions at the Graceland estate from April, 2015.
Actor John Krasinski treated co-star Anna Kendrick to a special surprise by organising an impromptu trip to Elvis Presley's Graceland estate on her birthday. The former The Office star is currently directing and co-starring in a new film called The Hollars with Kendrick, who plays her pregnant girlfriend in the drama.
When Krasinski discovered the actress turned 29 on Saturday (09Aug14), he decided to take a break from filming in Mississippi and headed to Memphis, Tennessee to Presley's former mansion.
The Pitch Perfect star took to Instagram.com on her birthday and posted a photo of herself in front of the rock 'n' roll legend's iconic home, adding the caption, "Krasinski found out it was my birthday and organized a trip to Graceland. #WorldsBestBoss #References"
Kendrick also shared a picture in front of Presley's signature white and gold jumpsuit, while she attempted to do her best lip curl impression.
While The Hollars, which also features Richard Jenkins, Margo Martindale and Josh Groban, marks the first collaboration between Kendrick and Krasinski, the actress also stars alongside his wife, Emily Blunt, in the upcoming movie musical, Into the Woods.
James Brown's grieving widow was left distraught amid a slew of legal battles over the star's estate after a judge ordered his body to be cut up so DNA tests could be performed. Tomi Rae Hynie, mother of Brown's youngest son James, Jr., has revealed she was horrified when she found out medical officers had to hack the legs from the singer's remains to carry out tests on his bone marrow in a bid to prove the youngster is really his child.
James, Jr.'s parentage was challenged as part of a feud among Brown's other children over his estate following the music legend's death in 2006, aged 73. Brown left a will which was signed in 2000, a year before he married his wife.
In an interview with Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper, she explains, "The drama that has unfolded since his death is more painful and outrageous than anything a scriptwriter could dream up... James would be spinning in his grave if he knew the hell I'd gone through over the past eight years... They couldn't do the normal DNA test because of all the embalming fluid in his body. So they had to cut off his legs to get to his bone marrow. I wept uncontrollably when I found out. My husband, the greatest dancer in the world, had his legs hacked off in death... My husband was a prolific womaniser. There are the children we know about but there are more and more people coming out of the woodwork claiming to be his. They are doing DNA testing all the time."
Hynie also claims Brown's body was moved 14 times in the six months after his death amid the raging legal battles: "That is the final insult to James. He and I would often talk about his legacy. He wanted our home - a 230-acre estate on Beech Island in South Carolina - to be turned into a living memorial, like (Elvis Presley's home) Graceland. That's where he wanted a proper mausoleum."
She now lives in Las Vegas with her son, and claims she is so broke she has to busk to earn extra cash. She adds "I've been forced to busk on the streets at times to make ends meet. I'm broke."
Hynie was included in a settlement agreement in 2011 which would have given her a quarter of her late husband's estate, but the legal wrangling is believed to be ongoing.
Elvis Presley's last Cadillac car and a 1975 guitar are among the items going under the hammer at Graceland during the estate's annual Elvis Week. Every year, the rock and roll icon's legacy is celebrated at his former home in Memphis, Tennessee, and as part of the 10-day event, 72 of his personal items will be auctioned off next month (14Aug14).
Among the lots up for sale is a 1976 Cadillac Seville - the last one Presley purchased before his death in 1977 - a 1975 Martin D-28 guitar, a signed library card, the original script for his movie Love Me Tender, a 1969 Las Vegas show agreement, and the gemstone and diamond encrusted lion mask pendant and chain worn by the singer when he met U.S. President Richard Nixon at the White House in 1970.
Third-party collectors will also be auctioning off items, including a Bonhams sale at the Quail Lodge Auction in California on 15 August (14), which will feature Presley's Rolls-Royce Phantom V limousine. The luxury vehicle, which boasts a state-of-the-art radio, air-conditioning and a car phone, is expected to sell for an estimated $300,000 (£176,471).
Items used during Elvis Presley's funeral are going under the hammer. The Hound Dog hitmaker passed away in 1977, and he was laid to rest at his sprawling Graceland compound in Memphis, Tennessee.
Presley's father Vernon personally asked gospel singer J.D. Sumner to organise the funeral, and he compiled a handwritten list of songs and speakers for the event.
The list, as well as a personalised Bible given to him by Reverend Rex Humbard, who officiated at the funeral, are going up for sale through U.S. memorabilia company Moments in Time.
Both the notes and Bible are on sale together for $95,000 (£55,489).
Elvis Presley's ex-wife Priscilla has pleaded with the superstar's fans to "please calm down" after reports suggested two jets previously owned by the King were set to be removed from the grounds of his Graceland home. Estate officials at the Memphis, Tennessee mansion were recently said to have asked the current owners of the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II to find a new home for the planes as they were exercising their option to end a 30-year agreement to keep them at the Graceland tourist attraction.
The news sparked outrage among some devotees, who complained about the removal online, but now Priscilla Presley has spoken out about the situation, insisting they are still trying to work out a deal with owners at OKC Partnership in Memphis to keep the jets at Graceland.
In a post on her Facebook.com page, Priscilla writes, "please calm down, we're in the midst of negotiations."
Bosses at Elvis Presley Enterprises, who operate the venue, installed the planes at Graceland in the mid-1980s.
The Hound Dog II was previously owned by Hustler magazine boss Larry Flynt.
Graceland officials have asked the current owner of Elvis Presley's planes to remove them from the grounds of his home in Memphis, Tennessee. The Lisa Marie and Hound Dog II will no longer be among the attractions at the Graceland estate from April, 2015.
Bosses at Elvis Presley Enterprises, who operate the Graceland tourist attraction, have written to the planes' owners at OKC Partnership in Memphis, revealing they are exercising their option to end a 30-year agreement to house the jets that the King once owned.
The two planes have been a tourist attraction since the mid-1980s.
The Hound Dog II was previously owned by Hustler magazine boss Larry Flynt.
British Princes Harry and William toured the home of The King in Memphis, Tennessee over the weekend (beg02May14) as they checked out Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion as part of a pal's pre-wedding celebrations. Guy Pelly invited the royals to join him as he said goodbye to his single years with a trip to Elvis' pad on Friday - the day before his wedding at the Hunt and Polo Club Grounds.
Both royals donned Elvis' signature gold glasses for the Graceland jaunt.
After hearing a real future king had toured her former home, Priscilla Presley tweeted, "So happy Prince William, Prince Harry and the wedding group had a good time on their tour of Graceland."
Pelly wed Tennessee native Lizzy Wilson on Saturday after asking her to be his wife in December (13).
The heavy cape Elvis Presley had to hang up before his Aloha From Hawaii special and the handwritten lyrics to Bob Dylan's Lay Lady Lay are up for grabs at an ongoing Marvels of Modern Music auction. The clothing item that was custom-made for Elvis' 1973 satellite performance, designed by Bill Belew, and Dylan's scribbles were placed on the block on Thursday (13Mar14), and bidders have a week to claim the treasures at Massachusetts-based RR Auction.
Of the cape, auction house vice president Bobby Livingston tells WENN, "Presley had the cape made to hide behind at the opening of the Hawaii show. The show was heavily choreographed and he intended to drop the cape and reveal himself to the anxiously awaiting crowd. However, when Presley tried on the cape during rehearsals, the weight almost pulled him over backwards, and it was decided that a smaller version was needed."
Belew created a replacement, and the cape was sent back to Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, where it remained until 1999, when it was first auctioned off.
Meanwhile, Dylan's pencilled lyrics were discovered in a storage vault, along with several other personal items dating from the 1960s and 1970s, by Dylan's longtime manager Jeff Rosen.
Livingston adds, "This is an unbelievably scarce offering from one of music’s most influential songwriters, authenticated by Dylan’s longtime current manager."
The Marvels of Modern Music auction features more than 800 items. It will end on 20 March (14).
Katy Perry's promotional gold truck made a stop at Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee on Tuesday (06Aug13). The big rig is visiting tourist spots all over the U.S. promoting the pop star's new album Prism.