A gold-plated handgun Elvis Presley used to blast TV sets showing programmes he disapproved of has been withdrawn from a British auction.

Television regulators have insisted that the weapon be withdrawn since it is against British law to advertise firearms for sale on television.

The 9mm Walther PPK - world renowned as James Bond's weapon of choice - was expected to fetch $108,000 (GBP60,000) during the scheduled broadcast on the AUCTIONWORLD cable station on Monday (16AUG04), the anniversary of the singer's death in 1977.

The pistol will now go under the hammer on the web at WWW.AUCTION-WORLD.TV this weekend (14AUG04). Bidding for the celebrity piece had already reached the $18,000 (GBP10,000) mark yesterday (12AUG04).

The King's underwear, shoes and jewellery will also be up for grabs as well as a pair of police handcuffs which the BLUE SUEDE SHOES legend used during sex games.

Presley's former bodyguard DAVE HEBLER witnessed The King blasting televisions on two occasions. He recalls, "One time Elvis was watching an interview with a celebrity he wasn't particularly impressed with. He whipped out his gun and blasted the screen out of the TV."

13/08/2004 14:00