Lot 45: 1956 Early Elvis Presley Signed "Mr. Rhythm" Magazine in Framed Display
October 29, 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
This early Elvis Presley signed "Mr. Rhythm" souvenir picture program from 1956 contains a studio portrait image signed vertically "Elvis Presley" in bold ink along the left side of the back cover. The program is mounted in a framed display with a front cover of a program that features an additional studio portrait of Elvis which announces "IN PERSON! Elvis PRESLEY - COUNTRY MUSIC'S 'Mr. Rhythm' Sensational New RCA Victor Singing Star with Blue Moon Boys" with "Do Not Bend" handwritten across the front. The framed display also features three copies of black-and-white images from the period and a plaque which states, "This rare concert program was printed in December of 1955 as a program to be sold at Elvis' first appearances after the purchase of his contract from Sun Records to RCA Records on November 21, 1955. Elvis' first release under the RCA label was a #1 smash single. Elvis signed this program for a fan after an appearance on the Louisiana Hayride on January 21, 1956." A beautifully displayed example of an early career Elvis program with bold signature. The souvenir picture album measures 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm) and the framed display measures 33 1/2 by 39 1/2 inches (85.09 x 100.33 cm) and is accompanied by a certificate from PSA DNA and a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The display is in excellent condition overall with slight foxing to the back cover of the program on the left side just under the signature. Accompanying letters indicate that prior to framing the program contained adhesive residue to the spine, edge wear, scattered light creasing, scattered trivial soiling and adhesive residue on the back cover from a previous mounting. The program was not removed from the frame so previous condition notes have not been confirmed.