By Rose Barrett
The statue was one of many Elvis artefacts being sold by Priscilla Presley, along with the sale of her home in Beverley Hills.
Maurice already had a copy of the statue in his living room, gifted to him by the actual sculptor, Michiel VanderSommen. The Swords pensioner, 79, got a surprise when he saw the postman arrive with quite a large package.
He told Dublin Gazette: “I wanted to secure another 12” replica of young Elvis, as he was born a twin but sadly, his baby brother died.
“When the package arrived, the statue was actually 18”, half the size again of the other Elvis. The new statue travelled over 8000km from Beverley Hills to Dublin.”
Maurice paid €587 at auction ($600 for the replica and $100 for post and packaging).
“I decided it was worth it,” said Maurice. “Albeit I got a bit of a shock when I placed the ‘twins’ side by side!”
Maurice’s Mooretown home is full of Elvis collectibles but he said he would always be interested in acquiring Elvis memorabilia, “whenever anything special pops up”.