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May 29, 2012 at 6:30 AM
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Ugg creates line of wedding boots

NEW YORK, May 29 (UPI) -- American footwear company Ugg Australia has released an "I Do" collection of its signature boots designed to be worn by bridal parties.

The boots, which are available online, start at $190 for glitter fabric ankle Uggs and cost $225 for a pair of Swarovski crystal-covered boots, the New York Daily News reported Monday.

The "I Do" line also includes a pair of shearling-covered flip-flops for $80.

Danielle Byrd, a customer service representative at David's Bridal in New York, said it is hard to imagine a woman wanting to get married in Ugg boots.

"We've never been asked for anything like this by a customer," she said. "Maybe if the bride is going from the limo to the church, or the church to the reception, or if her feet are hurting from her heels but, I can't see anyone walking down the aisle in them."

Elvis' original crypt headed for auction

MEMPHIS, May 29 (UPI) -- A California auction house said Elvis Presley's original crypt in Tennessee, where the King was entombed for two months, is going up for auction.

Darren Julien of Julien's Auctions said the crypt, at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis, will be sold as part of the "Music Icons" auction June 23, TMZ reported Monday.

Julien said Elvis was entombed in the crypt, which also held his mother, Gladys, for two months following his Aug. 17, 1977, death. The singer and his mother were both later reburied at his Graceland home.

The auction includes opening and closing of the vault for burial, a memorial inscription and use of the chapel for a committal service.

Police: Facebook pic led to robbery

SYDNEY, May 29 (UPI) -- Police in Australia are warning people to be cautious online after a picture of cash posted to Facebook led to a home invasion robbery.

New South Wales police said a 17-year-old girl was helping her 72-year-old grandmother count her savings at the older woman's Sydney home May 24 and the teenager posted a picture of the large amount of cash to her Facebook page.

Police said two men armed with a knife and a wooden club entered the Bundanoon home of the girl's 47-year-old mother while she was home with a 58-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy.

The men demanded to speak to the girl about the cash and the mother informed her that the teenager no longer resided at the address, police said.

The men took a small amount of cash and personal property from the home, police said.

New South Wales police said the incident highlights the need for caution when posting photographs and personal information on social media sites.

Pot donated to charity sells for $565K

BRISTOL, England, May 29 (UPI) -- A British hospice said a pot donated to its charity shop turned out to be a rare Chinese artwork and sold for $565,416.

Janet Loud, head of shops for St. Peter's Hospice in Bristol, England, said a worker suspected the pot of being worth more than it appeared and gave it to experts, who identified it as a bamboo creation of popular Chinese artist Gu Jue between 1662 and 1722, Metro.co.uk reported Monday.

John Axford, an expert on Chinese valuables for Woolley and Wallis sales, which handled the sale of the pot, described it as "incredibly rare."

"It is signed with the mark of Gu Jue, followed by the seal Zong Yu, which is probably a studio mark," he said.

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