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Memorabilia mayhem

entertainment Updated: Jul 26, 2010 01:33 IST

The surgical instrument, allegedly used to conduct the autopsy of singer Elvis Presley, have been removed from an upcoming auction, following doubts about the authenticity of the items.

The auction was due to feature forceps, needle injectors, aneurysm hooks, an arterial tube and lip brushes used during autopsy, following Presley’s death in 1977. The sale was also set to include rubber gloves, a comb, eye liner and even a toe tag .

The instrument were expected to sell for a total of $14,000, but officials at Chicago’ Leslie Hindman Auctioneers have withdrawn the items, following queries about their legitimacy, reports

The memorabilia was kept by an unnamed senior embalmer at the Memphis Funeral Home, where the body of the rock ‘n’ roll legend was stored prior to his funeral, but the retiree’s claims were called into question after another employee suggested the equipment was sterilised and used again in other autopsies.