- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - It was now or never for lovers of Graceland Too, north Mississippi’s eccentric shrine to Elvis Presley.

More than 100 people gathered on a cold Saturday morning at the ramshackle antebellum home in Holly Springs, anticipating an auction of thousands of items stuffed into the house by late Elvis superfan Paul MacLeod.

But the sale ended in less than an hour, well before the crowd could get all shook up. After auctioneer Greg Kinard sold two of MacLeod’s cars, all of the home’s contents were sold for $54,500 to an unidentified Georgia man who bid over the Internet.

“It was advertised that it would be offered all at one time,” Kinard said.

Kinard said the buyer has 15 days to remove all the items, including albums, guitars, ceramic figurines, commemorative plates, lamps, polyester ruffle-front dress shirts, leather jackets and beaded jumpsuits. The buyer even gets the homemade electric chair MacLeod built in the back yard.

The auctioneer said the home remains for sale separately.

MacLeod’s museum - unaffiliated with Presley’s Graceland estate in nearby Memphis, Tennessee - was a late-night favorite of intoxicated college students and tourists.

The short auction left some of Graceland Too’s repeat visitors - dubbed lifetime members - wanting more.

“It’s kind of a letdown,” lifetime member Lisa McGee told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (https://bit.ly/1Ex1B6l). She sipped from a mug emblazoned with TCB.

“Tacky Elvis is good Elvis,” she said. “I would have loved to have a keepsake.”

One man did leave with an icon, though - MacLeod’s Cadillac with Graceland Too emblazoned on the side. Holly Springs resident John Stuber outbid another man, winning the car for $4,000.

“I always wanted a pink Cadillac,” Stuber said. “I just never knew it until today.”

One of MacLeod’s two daughters, Brenda Young, accepted the bid to make it final. Separated from her father by divorce, she didn’t meet MacLeod in person until 2010.

“I’m pleased with the outcome,” said Young, who now lives in Detroit. “It’s neat that he meant a lot to so many people. Some of the lifetime members used to come here just to have a Coke or a beer with (MacLeod) on the porch.”

While MacLeod often boasted that the collection was worth millions, attorney Phillip Knecht told The Associated Press Friday that the estate would settle for as little as $50,000, enough to pay off the roughly $20,000 to $25,000 of debt MacLeod left.

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