- - Monday, June 25, 2012

The crypt in which Elvis Presley was first buried has been withdrawn from a huge auction of sports and music memorabilia in Los Angeles following virulent protests from the King’s fans.

The crypt — in which Presley was buried in 1997 before being moved to his final resting place at his Graceland mansion in Memphis — was to be one of nearly 1,000 items belonging to sports and music icons on offer over the weekend.

But Julien’s Auctions said it had put a stop to the crypt sale until the Forest Hill Cemetery in Memphis “finds a plan that best suits the interests of the fans while respecting and preserving the memory of Elvis Presley.”

“YES WE DID IT!!” read the website ElvisMatters.com, which organized the effort to halt the sale. “We have just proven that fans can stand united!

“With the effort of ElvisMatters, the help of fan clubs all over the world and the support of over 10,000 fans who signed our petition, the crypt will remain empty — as it should!”

Since Presley’s remains were moved to Graceland, the crypt has remained vacant.

Fans were able to snap up dozens of other items belonging to the King at the two-day auction ending Sunday, including his personal telephone, sold for $20,480, and a 14-carat gold necklace with the initials “EP,” sold for $31,250.

The orange-trimmed robe worn by soul singer Amy Winehouse — who died last year at age 27 — in her 2006 breakout video “Rehab” sold for $34,375. A black-and-pink negligee worn by Madonna on her 1990 tour earned the same amount.

A black-and-white silk ensemble worn by Lady Gaga sold for $28,125, while a pair of Michael Jackson’s tap shoes went for $5,760.

Andrew Carnegie medal winners announced

Anne Enright’s novel “The Forgotten Waltz” and Robert Massie’s biography “Catherine the Great” have won the first-ever Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in literature.

The American Library Association announced the awards Monday at its annual conference in Anaheim, Calif. The Carnegie awards for fiction and nonfiction are the first adult prizes ever sponsored by the association, which also manages the top honors for children’s literature, the John Newbery and Randolph Caldecott medals.

Ms. Enright and Mr. Massie each will receive $5,000. In its announcement, the library association praised Ms. Enright’s “supple prose” and Mr. Massie’s “compulsively readable” style. The Carnegie selection committee was chaired by Nancy Pearl, a popular Seattle-based librarian and NPR commentator.

Billy Ray Cyrus makes his way to Broadway

Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus is making his Broadway debut in “Chicago.”

The singer of “Achy Breaky Heart” and father of Miley Cyrus is detouring from his Nashville roots in taking on the role of criminal lawyer Billy Flynn for a seven-week engagement beginning Nov. 5.

Mr. Cyrus starred with his daughter in the hit TV series “Hannah Montana,” and has acted in TV movies on Lifetime and the Hallmark Channel. Mr. Cyrus has also hosted country music’s “Nashville Star” and was a competitor on “Dancing With the Stars.”

Other celebrities to join the “Chicago” cast have included Sofia Vergara, Melanie Griffith, Brooke Shields, Ashlee Simpson, Usher, Huey Lewis, Michael C. Hall and Jerry Springer.

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