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GIFT FROM ELVIS HELPS PAY TAX

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A watch given to Redd Foxx by Elvis Presley fetched $17,500 at an Internal Revenue Service auction to help pay the comedian's back taxes.

The sale in Las Vegas Monday of about 70 items belonging to Foxx raised $34,000. In May, eight of his vehicles were sold by the IRS for about $49,000.Foxx did not attend the auction, but his attorney, Marc Risman, said he would be disappointed the Presley watch brought in so little. Foxx had been offered $50,000 for it, Risman said.

The IRS says Foxx owes $2.9 million in back taxes and penalties.