"Ordinary estate sales are like pop-up museums of our lives as unremarkable consumers."
Last fall your Pesky Fly flagged a digital dustup between Justin Timberlake and a Twitter critic who accused J-Tim of being a fair weather Grizzlies fan. Timberlake responded to the dismissive tweet noting that he was from Memphis and owned a piece of the Grizzlies, concluding with the colorful idiom "#Wigsnatch."
Thanks to the remarkable talents of Memphis artist Carly Crawford this TimberTweet has been reproduced in cross stitch.
Standing up in my cubicle.
Fly on the Wall has documented lots of Elvis related auctions, ranging for the sublime to the ridiculous, but the King of Rock-and-Roll wasn't the only Sun Studio mega-star to indulge in a little extravagance here and there. And this Johnny Cash-related opportunity is a dream come true for a collector with deep pockets.
Cash's music was deeply American, but when it came to cars he could be a bit of an Anglophile, with a taste for the Rolls-Royce driving experience. The Man in Black's appropriately-colored 1970 Silver Shadow is now currently up for grabs. The final hammer falls at Barrett-Jackson auctions in Las Vegas later this month.
The car is a relative pup having accumulated only 32,000 miles since it was built to order by Mr. JRC whose initials are monogrammed in gold on the rear doors.
But you've got to act fast because, at posting time, there's only six hours left before the auction ends.
That's right. You can own a key to the city of Memphis.
Sorry, this next photo isn't actually the key that's for sale which may or may not come with a case. It's another key given to someone else at around the same time. But really, you've got to see this elegant ignition tickler as it was intended to be seen. No ribbons. No frills. Just one helluva damn key.
Also contained in this lot: a certificate of honorary citizenship of Shelby Co. presented to Diller. It's dated 1988, a few years before Herenton took office, so it's probably not related to the key in any way.
The Memphis Key is currently going for $81. That's $7 more than Diller's keys to Cheasaning, MI, and Havre De Grace, MD.