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Presley tooth fails to bite

San Francisco, July 20 (Reuters): A tooth said to have been pulled from Elvis Presley after an injury, failed to attract the minimum $100,000 selling price on the eBay web site by the time a 10-day auction ended, officials said.

Frenzied, but ultimately fraudulent bidding briefly pushed the price above $2 million before eBay required potential buyers to register if they wanted to place bids, according to Anthony DeFontes, who represents hairdresser Flo Briggs of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Though the dental artifact, which was packaged with shorn strands of the crooner’s hair, created an Internet frenzy — 161,000 people viewed the web page within 48 hours, DeFontes said — no legitimate bids remained when the auction ended shortly before midnight on Friday.

DeFontes said Briggs would likely break the tooth and hair into separate lots and place both back on eBay early next week. “We had no idea of what these things were worth,” DeFontes said. “This was a first outing.”

The stalled auction ended a poor week for sales of memorabilia from American heroes.

A prototype of the original G.I. Joe action figure failed to reach the $250,000 reserve price at a San Diego auction that was also held on Friday.

A few weeks ago, the baseball Barry Bonds whacked for a record-setting 73 home runs, sold for $450,000, less than half the $1 million anticipated.

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