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Northeast Arkansas--Bob Snell Reports

Offbeat: Elvis Collector

August 15, 2005--Posted at 7:30 a.m.  CDT

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS-- John Heath is the "King" of collectors of "The King."

By day, Heath is a junior high school principal in northeast Arkansas, but all the rest of the time Elivis is always on his mind.  He started collecting Elvis memorabilia with his two year old son more than 20 years ago and has amassed what could be the greatest Elvis collection of all.

Heath says the most coveted items and most expensive items are the things that Elivis touched, and Heath has plenty of those items.  In his collection, Heath has Elvis' Twin Bird jumpsuit, that he wore 38 times, including his last appearance in Memphis.  He also has the prerelease recording of "That's Alright Momma" and all of  The King's Sun records in near mint condition.  Heath's collection is valued at more than $1,000,000, and he keeps the most valuable items in a vault at the bank.

He says one day, he hopes to put his collection on display and give all the proceeds to the less fortunate.

 

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