Everything Elvis ends up on the auction block. This time a model of Elvis Presley's teeth and porcelain crown are to be auctioned by former Memphis dentist's family on e-Bay, beginning January 8, 2007.
Memphis, Tennessee - The family of former Memphis dentist Dr. Henry Weiss will put a model of Elvis Presley's teeth and a crown made for the star, still revered by millions around the world, up for auction on e-Bay beginning January 8, 2007 - the date of what would have been Presley's 72nd birthday. Presley died unexpectedly on August 16, 1977. Weiss was Presley's dentist through 1971. He affectionately called the crown the "King's Crown." The model and crown will be accompanied by a Letter of Authenticity signed by Joe Esposito, Presley's Road Manager from 1960 until his death in 1977. The Weiss Family will put the item up for auction.
In his letter, Esposito states, "On several occasions we went to Elvis' dentist, Dr. Henry Weiss, whose offices were located in the 430 Dermon Building in downtown Memphis. He did any and all dental work including the preparation of a porcelain crown for Elvis' front tooth. Dr. Weiss always kept an extra crown on the model of Elvis Presley's teeth in the event that he might chip or crack his crown. In February of 1971, Elvis cracked his crown on a microphone while performing at the International Hotel, currently known as the Hilton Hotel - Las Vegas. Dr. Weiss' son, S. Lewis Weiss, flew a replacement crown to Las Vegas."
Esposito's letter goes on to authenticate and certify that Dr. Henry Weiss was Presley's dentist through 1971 and that members of the Weiss family are, in fact, in possession of the model of Presley's teeth and the porcelain "King's Crown." Esposito was a member of the so-called "Memphis Mafia" - the nickname of a group of Elvis' friends and employees.
Dr. Henry Weiss was born on Christmas day, 1907 and died December 11, 1990. He graduated from the University Of Tennessee College Of Dentistry with a DDS Degree in 1931. He practiced dentistry in Memphis for 57 years and was a recipient of the Tennessee Dental Association's Fellowship Award.