Saturday, 3 January 2009

Big Bopper’s casket for auction

In what has to be the weirdest auction on ebay yet, you will be able to buy the casket that the Big Bopper was buried in.

The family of the late 1950s pop star JP “The Big Bopper” Richardson is going to auction his casket on eBay sometime next week some forty eight years after he died in a plane crash with Buddy Holly and Richie Valens.

Sadly, or happily whichever way you look at it, the corpse won’t be sold with the casket.

The Big Bopper’s steel casket was exhumed last year from his original grave at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Beaumont Texas, so it could be moved to a more visible location with a life-size statue and historic marker.

The exhumed casket is apparently in ok condition after being buried for 48 years.

It has minor rust spots and a white lime stain where several inches of water once leaked into the surrounding vault, but according to the family there was no evidence water had ever seeped into the casket itself.

Apparently the son, Jay Richardson is going to use the money to finance a tribute show.

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