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Elvis fan's giant collection goes up in flames



Tbdelvispresley102507 Give a moment of silence for your beloved King, Elvis Presley fans. Before fleeing the raging wildfires in Malibu, Elvis collector Lilly Lawrence had precious little time to return to her 10,500-square-foot home to save what she could. So what did she grab? Presley’s old Army uniform. The rest is ashes.

“Gone are 32 or 33 original movie scripts of Elvis’,’ she told the New York Daily News. “They were his personal scripts, with all his notes in the margins.” Also gone: “All the music for Heartbreak Hotel and American Trilogy, my favorite. Untold things from Graceland. It’s just devastating.”

Lawrence had purchased about 50 lots from Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley when they had put Elvis’ stuff on auction, the paper says, including two of his cars. One of the victims of the fire was Presley’s red Ford Fairlane, which is sure to make our pals at Rides upset.

But despite blowing untold dollars on the collection, Lawrence had an admirable view on the loss.

“My possessions do not possess me,” she said. “I’m more concerned about the boys in Iraq than my possessions.”

[Photo: Elvis in an Army uni in 1959, surrounded by German fans. Whether it's the exact same uni, we don't know, so please don't write in. Getty Images]

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:24am]


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