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Doubt cast on Elvis embalming items

July 22, 2010 at 6:31 PM

MEMPHIS, July 22 (UPI) -- A Memphis funeral director said he is skeptical about the authenticity of items in a Chicago auction purported to be used in Elvis Presley's embalming.

E.C. Daves, president of Memphis Funeral Home, said embalming instruments have remained the same for more than 50 years, and verifying the authenticity of the items -- including surgical instruments, a toe tag and eyeliner -- would be almost impossible, the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal reported Thursday.

"Anybody could fake something like this. It's ridiculous," Daves said.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers said the items will be sold in two lots, one with an estimated value of $8,000 and one valued at $6,000. Leslie Hindman, chief executive and president of the auction house, said the items were consigned to her by a retired embalmer and the auction house stands by their authenticity.

The auction is scheduled for Aug. 12.

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