Elvis Presley's plane fetches more than $500k

Only an Elvis Presley fan cannot help falling in love with a plane once owned by the rock 'n' roll icon.

This is even if the plane has no engine and has sat idle for about 35 years on the tarmac in Roswell, New Mexico, in the United States.

The fan made a decision last Saturday to bid for the plane at an auction of celebrity memorabilia, eventually paying US$430,000 (S$593,942), reported GWS Auctions.

The auction house noted that Presley had designed the interior that comes with features such as gold-tone woodwork, red velvet seats and red shag carpet.

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Two other planes once owned by the singer are showcased in Graceland, his estate in Memphis, Tennessee.

Presley was 42 when he died in 1977 from an overdose of prescription drugs that caused his heart to stop.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 29, 2017, with the headline 'Elvis Presley's plane fetches more than $500k'. Print Edition | Subscribe