(Photo: Omega Auctions)
As Thursday marks the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, a Bible that once belonged to the famous singer will be for sale next month along with other items at an auction in England.
Omega Auctions will be holding the auction on Sept. 8 in Stockport. The Bible, said to have been given to Elvis by an uncle on Christmas 1957, has several annotations in it written by Elvis.
"To judge a man by his weakest link or deed is like judging the power of the ocean by one wave," reads one entry written by the King of Rock-n-Roll.
Karen Fairweather, owner of the Omega Auction House, told The Christian Post that the Bible and scores of other Elvis items came courtesy an unnamed British collector.
"The collection was consigned by a British collector, who contacted us with a view to selling it to coincide with Elvis' 35th Anniversary," said Fairweather.
"There are 70 Elvis related items in the auction, all from the same collector, which is part of a larger collection of music memorabilia."
Fairweather explained she was unsure how much the Bible, which is leather-bound with gold lettering and 1600 pages long, would fetch come auction.
"The Bible is very fragile and was obviously well used. The cover obviously shows signs of its age and use, but both the cover and pages are all intact. There are many pages with sections underlined and annotations, probably around 20-30 annotations," said Fairweather.
"It's a difficult one to gauge due to the rarity and significance of the annotations. We were asked how much we expected the John Lennon tooth to go for last year, we said upwards of £10,000 and it went for £20,000. Our feeling is that it will sell around the £20,000 mark (around $31,000)."
According to www.elvis.com, which boasts of being the "Official Site of the King of Rock 'N' Roll," Elvis has sold about one billion records worldwide, or one record per seven people on earth.
Of his numerous albums and singles, his three Grammy Award wins were in the Gospel category: the album "How Great Thou Art" (1967), the album "He Touched Me" (1972) and his live Memphis concert recording of the song "How Great Thou Art" (1974).
Elvis died of a heart attack incurred through prescription drug abuse on Aug. 16, 1977 at age 42. If alive today, Presley would be 77 years old.