Stolen Elvis Presley Bust Returned Mysteriously to Bar

by John Jamison
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Happy Halloween, Outsiders. Are you ready for some wholesome content? Elvis has entered the building. It doesn’t get much better than that.

The internet recently helped out a Peoria, Illinois bar owner who had his iconic Elvis Presley bust stolen. Late Thursday night, the bust of the rock and roll icon reappeared.

After the Journal Star wrote a short piece documenting The King’s theft from Jimmy’s Bar, the story went mainstream. This news concerned more than just the residents of Peoria. One does not simply steal Elvis Presley’s head and expect us all to forget about it, even if it’s made of metal.

The Associated Press, Washington Post, and The Independent all ran the story, bringing the theft to the attention of millions worldwide.

“Elvis has left the building. Please bring him back, whoever took him. No questions asked,” bar owner Jimmy Spears wrote on his establishment’s Facebook page.

Beyond how obviously hilarious it is, Jimmy’s plea actually worked. Somewhere along the line, the Elvis Presley thief caught wind of how big the story was becoming. The “no questions asked” return policy clearly struck a chord with the robber. Quite literally a thief in the night, the culprit stealthily placed the bust on the porch of Jimmy’s Bar under cover of darkness on Thursday.

Now, we know what you’re thinking. And the answer is no; the Elvis Presley bust isn’t worth a ton of money. But what price can you put on sentiment? After discovering it at a garage sale, Jimmy Spears’ niece gifted him the Elvis likeness 15 years ago.

In the wake of the theft, it became clear that the sentimental value went far beyond Jimmy himself. The bust had become the bar’s mascot, and people took it personally. But now, The King is back, and long may he reign over Jimmy’s Bar.

Elvis Presley Memorobilia Sells for Mind-Blowing Price

Had the Peoria, Illinois bust robber targeted the 1972 Madison Square Garden ensemble of Elvis Presley’s, we’d have an entirely different story on our hands.

On September 4, Kruse GWS Auctions sold the eyelet jumpsuit and cape worn by Elvis himself for $1,012,500 at the Artifacts of Hollywood & Music auction. The auction claims that the seven-figure sale was a record-breaker.

“We are thrilled to have hosted such an exciting auction this weekend where fans and collectors from around the globe bid on extraordinary memorabilia from the life and career of Elvis Presley. The outstanding sale of his iconic 1972 Madison Square Garden eyelet jumpsuit and cape represents not only a world record price but is a true testament to the legendary reverence and love people still feel for him,” the auctioneer wrote in a press release.

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