London: A bible which once belonged to Elvis Presley and that has annotations by the King of Rock and Role himself has been sold for 59000 pounds at an auction in Great Manchester.
The 1600 page religious book was given to the singer, who died on 16 August 1977 aged 42, by his Uncle Vester and Aunt Clettes for his first Christmas at his Graceland home in 1957.
“It was a really exciting atmosphere in the room, we had 300 people and there was bidding online and on the telephone across the world,” the BBC quoted Karen Fairweather, from Omega Auctions, as saying.
“You could hear a pin drop when it sold for that price.
“There were three rival bidders on the phone and once it got over 20,000 pounds each bid was taking a while, because they each had a price in mind for the bible and they were thinking about it. There was a round of applause when the hammer went down. It was incredible,” she said.
A UK based American man, who did not want to be identified, was the winning telephone bidder.
A pair of Presley’s unwashed pants also went on sale at the auction in Stockport but could not be sold as bids failed to reach the reserve price of 7000 pounds.
The bible was among more than 100 lots of Presley memorabilia that were to be auctioned.
The items were sold on behalf of a British Elvis collector who is selling a quarter of his collection.