Lot 85: Original Artwork for Elvis Presley and the Colonel's 1960 Christmas Card
October 29, 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
This incredible, original production mock-up artwork for Elvis and the Colonel's 1960 Christmas card has Elvis in a jacket smiling with his arm around a Santa Claus suit-clad Colonel. Underneath the glued image of the pair is "Everything Good to all of You," the phrase that would eventually be typeset on the final card. The signature of "Elvis and the Colonel" is on a cut piece of paper also affixed to the mock-up page. A delightful image and sentiment that wasn't composed as the final version used, but was one of three similar images on the final 1960 Christmas card (shown here for reference: a copy of the card is not included with this lot). The offered original artwork is a fine example and testament to the amount of work and thought that went into the holiday greetings sent to fans around the world. This original artwork measures 17 by 13 1/2 inches (43.18 by 34.29 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated and the letter of authenticity from the 1999 Graceland Archives Auction.
Condition Report: The artwork has been toned with age and the adhesive used to attach the artwork to the board has bled through slightly. The overall presentation has not been noticeably affected. EX condition overall.