By Rose Barrett
An Elvis super fan who has spent a lifetime collecting memorabilia linked to ‘The King’ is bidding on a replica statue being auctioned off by Priscilla Presley.
Maurice Colgan, 79, from Swords, has already swamped his Mooretown house with artefacts – but is hoping to add a second 12-inch replica statue of the music legend.
Priscilla bought the miniature on a visit to see the full-size statue of Elvis at 13 in his home town of Tupelo, Mississippi, a mere 50 metres from the house he was born in.
Maurice told Dublin Gazette: “I have a replica here in my home. And it was gifted to me by the actual sculptor, Michiel Vander Sommen, based in North California.
“I had been in touch with the sculptor Michiel online to suggest the idea of the statue of Elvis as a young boy.
“On a holiday to his home in Holland, he came to Swords to meet us (by invitation in 2003), and then sent us a replica statue from America!
“Now Priscilla Presley is selling her home in Beverly Hills, and I’m going to bid for the 12” statue. I already have one but Elvis was born a twin, sadly his brother was stillborn. So, I’d love to acquire this one and have ‘twin’ brothers.”
But the pensioner states he has a limit to the purchasing price. The replicas would normally sell for $294 (€243), and Maurice’s maximum bid will be €500, double the usual value.
Maurice and his late wife Maureen were life-long Elvis fans and amassed a huge amount of collectibles over the decades.
He has had interest expressed from the Little Dublin Museum and the Irish Rock & Roll Museum as he bids to find a permanent home for the exhibition.
He explained: “Maureen and I were both Elvis fans, we danced to Elvis, that’s how we met in 1958. I heard Elvis playing, paid my shilling and went in, where I met Maureen.”