- DOJ reaches largest-ever federal government settlement over auto loan discrimination
- U.S. Navy to start giving gay couples marriage benefits in Japan
- Sen. Harry Reid goes to hospital as a precaution
- Fla.’s Trey Radel exits rehab, ‘excited’ to resume congressional role
- U.S. nuclear general boozed it up, chased ‘hot women’ in Russia: report
- 45 Calif. students at one school test positive for tuberculosis exposure
- Rob Ford on women: Give them cash ‘and they are happy’
- Ku Klux Klan group holds recruitment meeting in Maryland
- Airport assassination: Mayor, 3 others killed at Manila airport
- Tea party-type lawmakers take mysterious, off-books trip to Mideast
Elvis collection built on stolen fees to go on sale
Question of the Day
LONDON — There are Elvis records, Elvis cards, Elvis books and Elvis dog tags. Tickets for a concert he never made it to, an Elvis pinball machine and even an Elvis Russian doll.
The largest private Elvis collection ever seen in Britain, and possibly the world, goes on sale today.
The 8,000 items used to belong to Julie Wall, who stole more than $980,000 in car parking fees to fund her addiction to buying Elvis gear.
Miss Wall, a town hall cashier, was jailed in 2005 for three years, but the forfeiture of the collection she spent years amassing is unlikely to worry her too much — she didn't open most of what she bought.
"It's the most remarkable collection I have ever seen," said James Lewis, of Bamfords auctioneers in Derby in central England. "When the [truck] turned up, it was a seven-tonner. There was just box after box after box."
Miss Wall, 47, spent 10 years creaming off money taken at North Kesteven District Council parking lots in Lincolnshire, northeast of London. Her job was to count the money from the cash boxes of eight parking lots in the town of Sleaford, where she lived with her parents. She repeatedly held back hundreds of dollars from each box and used the money to buy Elvis memorabilia.
Although Miss Wall spent more than $980,000 on the collection, Mr. Lewis is expecting to raise less than $100,000, which will go back to the council.
"The price of a lot of it was artificially inflated because buyers would know she would pay what they asked," Mr. Lewis said. "Once she was jailed, the market collapsed, so a lot of this stuff isn't worth what she paid for it."
By John McAfee
- Breaking Fad: Alligators becoming the new pit bulls for drug dealers, cops say
- D.C. to tout Obamacare among youth waiting for Air Jordans
- Huge backlash mounts over suspension of 'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson
- TARGET credit card theft swells to 40 million victims
- Special ops vets slam military benefit cuts
- Obama: 2014 will be 'breakthrough year' for U.S.
- Dems use new filibuster rules to approve DHS nominee Alejandro Mayorkas under investigation
- Obamacare 'pajamas boy' gets roundly mocked
- Citing 'unfair system,' Obama commutes sentences for 8 crack offenders
- Homeland Security helps smuggle illegal immigrant children into the U.S.
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Our Choice: Individual responsibility and self-government or the abandonment of the American Revolution
Al Maurer provides a common sense, conservatarian, Constitutional conservative perspective from the battleground state of Colorado
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow