9 Sep 2012

Elvis Presley's bible sells for £59,000

4:05 pm on 9 September 2012

A Bible once owned by Elvis Presley has been sold at auction in Britain for £59,000.

The 1600 page book was given to the singer by his Uncle Vester and Aunt Clettes for his first Christmas at his Graceland home in 1957.

The BBC reports it contains annotations by Presley, who died on 16 August 1977 aged 42.

A pair of the singer's unwashed pants also on sale at the Omega Auctions in Stockport, were not sold as bids failed to reach the reserve price.

Bids for the stained underwear reached £5000 but the reserve price was £7000.

The bible was among more than 100 lots of Elvis memorabilia on sale.

It was sold on behalf of a British Elvis collector who is selling a quarter of his collection.

The winning telephone bidder, who did not want to be identified, was an American man based in the UK.