The Auction at Graceland - January 7, 2017 (164 Lots)
164 lots with images
January 7, 2017Live Auction
Memphis, TN, USA
January 7, 2017Live Auction
Memphis, TN, USA
Description: The offered example has been signed by Elvis near his photo. His inscription reads “Best of luck to a swell guy. Elvis.” Elvis is depicted in his senior class portrait wearing a suit jacket and tie with a curl of hair falling onto his forehead. He has listed his major as “Shop, History, English” and his activities as “R.O.T.C., Biology Club, English Club, History Club, Speech Club.” The yearbook is 112 pages and Elvis is also mentioned on page 30 in the class's Last Will and Testament in Section 83: “Donald Williams, Raymond McCraig and Elvis Presley leave hoping there will be someone to take their places as ‘teachers’ pets.’” Elvis is also pictured on page 56, in the 5th period 12th grade English class photo in the back row. Interestingly, the lot of eight Sun 78 RPM records being offered separately in this auction comes from the same classmate of Elvis’. The yearbook measures approximately 11 by 8 inches (27.94 x 20.32 cm). The yearbook is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The cover shows minor edge wear at the corners and binding and some mild toning throughout. Excellent condition.View additional info
Description: On March 27, 1952, Sam Phillips opened the doors on what is now known as the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll--back then it was called Memphis Recording Studio, but more commonly known as the Sun Record recording label. Sun Record was known to record all styles of popular music at the time, from gospel and blues to country and rockabilly. During the mid-1950s, the label launched the careers of famous musicians like Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. It was during this time that rock ‘n’ roll and the sub-genre of rockabilly began dominating popular music. Television was becoming the common medium for information, and shows like Dick Clark’s American Bandstand became mainstream to a national audience in 1957. Young music fans couldn’t seem to get enough rock ‘n’ roll and would rush to the music stores to buy new records from their favorite stars. Offered is an original collection of the songs from the more popular musicians of the day. This assemblage of 78 RPM records includes: Carl Perkins, “Blue Suede Shoes / Honey, Don’t” (Sun 234) and “Your True Love / Matchbox” (Sun 261);Jerry Lee Lewis, “Crazy Arms / End of the Road” (Sun 259);Slim Rhodes, “Take and Give / Do What I Do” (Sun 256);Elvis Presley, “I Don’t Care if the Sun Don’t Shine / Good Rockin’ Tonight” (Sun 210), “Milkcow Blues Boogie / You’re a Heartbreaker” (Sun 215), “I Forgot To Remember To Forget / Mystery Train” (Sun 223), and “That’s All Right / Blue Moon of Kentucky” (Sun 209).Each of these 78 classics is housed in a period record sleeve. These songs continue to be as cherished today as they were in the 1950s. Each record is 10 inches (25.4 cm) in diameter. The harmonious collection is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: Each record comes in a period sleeve and each is in good, well-loved and played condition. Sun Record 210 is marked ???DFS??? in blue ink on the label, appearing on both sides twice.View additional info and full condition report
Description: Bob Neal, Elvis’ manager early in his career, sent his fledgling star to Memphis photographer William Speer to have some publicity shots taken that could be used to promote the singing career of this new musician at Sun Records. Speer took 11 different images that day, which is more than he anticipated when the newbie talent came to his studio with only the clothes he was wearing. It was Speer’s wife who suggested that in lieu of changing outfits, Elvis simply remove his shirt for additional photographs. These images have become the gold standard for Elvis promotional photos. The offered lot was one of those 11 shots taken that day and likely the first and most widely used to promote the budding career of this young artist. This early example, depicting Elvis with folded hands wearing a wristwatch, is signed on the reverse “love ya Elvis Presley” in bold blue ink with enough pressure to leave trace indentations on the front of the photo. On the front, “Elvis Presley” is printed in the lower left margin and “160 Union Ave, Memphis, Tenn” in the lower right margin. The photo measures approximately 10 by 8 inches (25.4 x 20.32 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The photo has pin holes in the corners with a slight tear at the pin hole in the upper right corner, fold creases in the upper left and lower right corners, minor creases to the right side of the photo and a 1/8 inch tear on the left edge. Some discoloration around the edges on the reverse, otherwise in very good condition overall.View additional info and full condition report
Description: This acetate, on an RCA Custom Records label, is likely one made at the time “Tutti Frutti” was included on the first album Elvis released with RCA in March of 1956. Combining boogie, gospel and blues, this song heralded a new era in music as the birth of rock ‘n’ roll began. Previously sung by other great entertainers such as Little Richard, Elvis’ version of the song was listed in Billboard magazine in the Top 20 sales charts. The typed label on this acetate indicates the speed as “45 RPM,” and reads “Elvis Presley / Tutti Frutti.” The reverse of the record has a plain white label that has been stamped with the call letters for “W.Q.A.M. Miami Florida” twice. This acetate was obviously received by this station from RCA to promote Elvis’ new version of the song in which he adds “A-wop-bob-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom!” to every verse. This rare acetate measures 6 1/2 inches (16.51 cm) in diameter and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The acetate is in excellent condition with some minor surface scratching. The label is discolored from age on the front while the stamping is still bold on the reverse.View additional info and full condition report
Description: The offered Elvis Answers Back! magazine with green-lettered cover is complete with 78 RPM detachable record on the cover, which can be removed and played. The title of the record is The TRUTH About Me! Elvis Presley by Special Permission of RCA Victor. The magazine is 32 pages and in it Elvis addresses topics like Criticism, My Special Girl, My Greatest Ambition, My Sideburns, and My True Religion. The questions asked and answered were the ones on every fan’s mind! The magazine measures 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The magazine is in excellent condition with very slight wear around the edges. A partial, illegible black stamp is evident in the upper quadrant over the ???E??? and ???L??? in Elvis.View additional info and full condition report
Description: This framed RIAA Certified Gold Sales Award was “Presented to Elvis Presley to commemorate the sale of more than 500,000 copies of the RCA Records Long-Playing Record Album ‘Elvis’” by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). RIAA was created in 1958 to honor artists and certify record sales. Elvis’ second album, recorded in September 1956 at Radio Recorders in Hollywood and released in October 1956, reached number one on the Billboard charts, making Elvis the only artist to have two albums reach number one in the same year. The album was certified gold by RIAA on February 17, 1960, although the offered award was most likely produced in the 1970s based on the style of the framed display. This framed display features a gold-colored record above a gold-colored plaque, both mounted against a black backing with gold-toned frame, and measures 21 by 17 inches (53.34 x 43.18 cm). The framed award is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The award is in excellent condition overall.View additional info
Description: The offered 7-inch acetate, issued by RCA to radio station W.Q.A.M. in Miami, Florida, is for Elvis’ version of “Blue Moon.” Recorded in August 1954 at Sun Records, Elvis’ take is unique and considered clunky when compared to his normal style. Elvis omitted the final lyrics, turning the normal happy outcome of this song in a more melancholy direction. The song was never released by Sun Records, but was passed to RCA with the other non-released tunes. RCA released the track on the album Elvis Presley in March 1956, and later that year in September, released the song as side B to “Just Because.” The single release made the Billboard Top 100 and took an up-and-down journey on the charts for weeks, never exceeding number 55. This acetate was sent to the station in Florida as an “RCA Victor Record Prevue coming attractions” as stated on the label. Additional typed notes read “vocal / ‘Blue Moon’ / ELVIS PRESLEY” with a red grease pencil notation “62237.” The acetate, with no reverse label, measures 6 7/8 inches (17.46 cm) in diameter and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The acetate is in excellent condition with one minor ding to the edge, while surface remains in very good condition.View additional info
Description: Elvis’ star shone bright and part of that sparkling came from the jewels that adorned his fingers. The offered flower-shaped seven-diamond cluster ring was worn on stage by Elvis as documented in photographs from the period. The 10k gold ring weighs 6.5 grams with seven diamonds, one weighing 0.18 carat and measuring 3.5 mm while the remaining six each weigh 0.12 carat and measure 3 mm. The ring is marked “Schiller” on the interior of the band, which is a size 8.5.The ring is offered with a letter from Joe Esposito in which he provides his best unprofessional guess at the measurements and states in part, “This gentleman’s cocktail ring with over 1.5 carats in diamonds was purchased and worn by Elvis Presley in the mid 70s. Elvis was photographed wearing it at several concerts. This ring was given to a particular friend. This letter is to verify that he did, in fact, own the ring.” While similar rings have been offered in the marketplace, Elvis was known to purchase multiples of the same or similar rings often and a receipt for a seven-diamond cluster ring from Lowell Hays dated April 21, 1972 resides in the Graceland Archives. This ring and letter from Joe Esposito are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The ring is in excellent and well-loved condition overall.View additional info
Description: This expansive archive of original photographic negatives chronicles the events of September 26, 1956, when Elvis made his triumphant return to Tupelo, Mississippi to perform a pair of shows in his hometown. The legendary appearance at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair & Dairy Show caught Elvis’ star in its meteoric rise. His first film was ready for release in just a couple of months and he already had several huge hits on his new record label, RCA, including “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Hound Dog.” This offering includes 29 medium-format original negatives measuring approximately 2 1/2 inches square (6.35 by 6.35 cm) and 14 large-format negatives measuring approximately 4 by 5 inches (10.16 by 12.7 cm). Also being sold with the negatives are all of the consignor’s tangible rights in the physical materials and all of the consignor’s intellectual property rights in the materials.By 1956, Terry Wood was already an established photographer in Tupelo, having opened his studio, Terry Wood Photography, two years earlier in 1954. The city hired Terry to document the various festivities related to Elvis Presley performing at the Fair. This included the parade held earlier in the day, the presentation to Elvis of several gifts and, of course, the performances themselves. Wood started his day capturing images of the parade that ran through town, featuring several Elvis-themed floats. The residents from Tupelo and the surrounding towns came out in full force for the spectacle. After snapping just a few street-level shots, Terry sought a better vantage point on the roof of a local business. This change in location provides us with seven wonderful, bird’s-eye view shots that really capture the breadth of the parade participants and the huge banner that reads “Tupelo Welcomes Elvis Presley Home.” Once he arrived at the Fair, Terry positioned himself to capture photos of every key juncture, including Tupelo Mayor James Ballard presenting Elvis with the guitar-shaped Key to the City, Mississippi Governor J.P. Coleman on stage reading a proclamation honoring Elvis, Elvis being interviewed backstage, Gladys Presley being presented with a gift, actor Nick Adams being introduced on stage, and the crowd of girls that rushed to the edge of the stage as the matinee performance began. Perhaps most interesting of the non-performance shots are those of Elvis relaxing backstage, talking with a few fans and letting his guard down.The seven images of Elvis on stage include some of the finest ever seen from the Tupelo concerts. Both the matinee and evening performances are represented, including the phenomenal shot taken from behind D.J. Fontana’s drum kit that shows Elvis thoroughly enjoying himself mid-song in front of the huge crowd. The poor National Guardsmen charged with holding back the throngs of girls pressing against the stage appear to be in distress, but that doesn’t stop one of them from taking a smiling peek over his shoulder to watch the show. A photo from the matinee captures Elvis in full croon, while the sweeping backdrop of the crowd includes a clear view of 14-year-old Tammy Wynette, hand extended towards the stage.While Terry sold a small number of prints over the years, and allowed the photos to be published in a minimally-distributed book about Tupelo, this offering presents an unprecedented opportunity to acquire a unique archive of professionally captured images from one of Elvis Presley’s most legendary performances. The negatives are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The negatives vary in condition from extremely clean to having a number of scuffs and scratches; none, though, that would preclude creating very presentable prints. In overall Excellent to Mint condition.View additional info and full condition report
Description: As a child, Colonel Parker worked as a barker in carnivals—it was this experience that would be the start of his career and where he would learn many of the lessons he used later in life as a professional manager to entertainers including Elvis Presley. Colonel Parker met Al Dvorin, a Chicago bandleader and talent agent, in 1955. The Colonel worked with Al Dvorin to book Elvis at variety shows and county fairs. At the urging of the Colonel, Al became more active in Elvis’ career and organized Elvis’ concert and personal appearances for the following 22 years. Offered is an award presented to Colonel Parker from Al Dvorin which features a gold-colored elephant figure, a likely reference to circuses and Colonel Parker’s beginnings in show business. The award’s top plaque reads “FROM AL DVORIN / TO MY PAL” and the bottom plaque reads “COLONEL TOM PARKER / WORLDS’ GREATEST SHOWMAN AND ALL AROUND NICE GUY / JUNE 15, 1957.” Colonel Parker was the world’s greatest showman before he became the ultimate snowman. The award’s base measures 5 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches (13.97 x 11.43 cm) and the trophy stands 8 inches (20.32 cm) tall. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The award is in well-preserved condition with few defects. Near Mint condition.View additional info
Description: Al Dvorin was a Chicago bandleader and talent agent who met Elvis through Colonel Parker in 1955 when he started booking Elvis in variety shows and county fairs. At the urging of the Colonel, Al became more active in Elvis’ career and organized Elvis’ concert and personal appearances for the next 22 years. In the 1970s, Colonel Parker requested that Al Dvorin tell the audience, for whom Elvis had just performed, that Elvis was not coming out to do an encore. It was this request that led Al to utter the now-famous phrase, “Ladies and gentleman, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and goodnight.” Although he was not the first to speak these words, it was Al’s voice that made them famous and immortalized the phrase that has become part of pop culture history. Al Dvorin’s band was known as “The Kings Men” and they would often play backup where needed. Offered are two cardboard bandstands, one marked “The Kings Men” and the other “Al Dvorin.” The bright silver graphics on these intense blue bandstands have really stood the test of time given that they were used decades ago, as evidenced in the accompanying photos of Elvis on stage with this style bandstand in the background. The bandstands have been stored folded, but are still fully functional and a fitting tribute to Elvis’ early beginnings. The bandstands are marked with the Selmer Porta-light Deluxe model logo and measure 28 by 20 by 21 inches (71.12 x 50.8 x 53.34 cm) when standing erect and 28 by 20 by 13 inches (71.12 x 50.8 x 33.02 cm) when folded. The two stand-up, four-sided color bandstands and four modern photo prints are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The Kings Men bandstand is in fair condition with evidence of water staining on the front, some water and mildew damage on the left side and some loose paper on the right edge. Some water blemishing resulting in loose paper along the top, but the graphics are still bright and bold given the age and use. The Al Dvorin bandstand has significant water damage on the right side resulting in loose paper, however the graphics are still bright. The fair condition is not surprising given the fragile material and age of these incredible relics.View additional info and full condition report
Description: In 1899, a painting with an image of a fox/bull terrier dog intently listening to a phonograph was sold to the Gramophone Company; it was registered with the trademark office in 1900. Over the years, the “Nipper” dog has become an iconic symbol for quality and excellence and is widely recognized as the mascot for RCA Victor records. The offered stuffed dog has a studded plastic collar with identification tab that reads “Nipper / Radio Corp. of America” and a round paper hang tag from Schwartz Toy Mfg. Corp. in Brooklyn, New York. While this particular period example was not used on stage (as evidenced by its intact hang tag and exemplary condition), it does emanate from the personal collection of Al Dvorin and comes with a letter from Howard Dvorin, Al’s son. This stuffed "Nipper" dog, the iconic RCA mascot, is an amazing memento that measures 21 inches (53.34 cm) in height, 19 inches (48.26 cm) in width. The plush dog is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The Nipper plush dog is in very good condition with some discoloration from age.View additional info
Description: Al Dvorin was a Chicago bandleader for The Kings Men and a talent agent who met Elvis through Colonel Parker in 1955, when he started booking Elvis in variety shows and county fairs. It is fortuitous that the head of a band called “The Kings Men” would end up playing such a pivotal role in Elvis’ career for the next 22 years. In the 1970s, Al Dvorin uttered the now-famous phrase, “Ladies and gentleman, Elvis has left the building. Thank you and goodnight.” Perhaps at one of the very concerts he said those words, Al acquired the offered blue scarf with the standard Elvis Presley printed signature and the rarer Hilton logo in white. The scarf, measuring 34 by 34 inches (86.36 x 86.36 cm), is accompanied by a letter from Howard Dvorin attesting that this scarf is from the personal collection of Al Dvorin and a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The color of the blue scarf with rounded corners has faded to pink along the crease lines and edges; good condition overall.View additional info and full condition report
Description: The Colonel turned the task of marketing and merchandising the Elvis brand into an art form. Every show had souvenirs available for sale and all of them proudly touted the superstar. Souvenirs bearing the image or likeness of the King of Rock 'n' Roll ranged from photo albums to wearable accessories. The offered shipping box, addressed to Al Dvorin in Las Vegas from Proper Service Inc., contains a prime sampling of such accessories and includes 13 chain necklaces with Elvis button pendants. Each pendant has a silver-colored metal back, 12 of which measure 2 1/4 inch (5.71 cm) in diameter with a 26-inch (66.04 cm) metal chain and one of which measures 2 1/2 inch (6.35 cm) in diameter with a 24-inch (60.96 cm) metal chain. This collection of prototype pendant necklace souvenirs is in the original shipping box with letter from Alan Laven of Proper Service Inc. in Illinois dated February 14, 1977. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.Please Note: Also included with this offering is a large, empty shipping box addressed to Al Dvorin from Colonel Parker, sent from his offices in Madision, Tennessee, and adorned with a "Thomas A. Parker" shipping label. The postmark date is September 17, 1977, and the boxes size leaves us with a large mystery as to what was inside. The box measures 14 inches (35.56 cm) square.
Condition Report: The contents of the box are in good condition overall.View additional info
Description: TV Guide, a bi-weekly publication listing upcoming television programming, was founded in 1948. The first issue was released on April 3, 1953. While the publication was a listing of programs, it also included other features, articles and interviews to draw readers with additional content. TV Guide became so popular with the growth of television that almost every home had one. It wasn’t long before the charming young star Elvis was featured on the cover of the September 9, 1956 issue, the same date Elvis first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. TV Guide was happy to promote the latest celebrities in an effort to expand its reach. The offered rare acetate, with RCA Victor Promotion Record label, has the typed title “TV Guide presents ELVIS PRESLEY” and lists, "Band I: ‘Pelvis’ Nickname (:19) / Band 2: Adults Reaction (:34) / Band 3: First Public Appearance (:54) / Band 4: How ‘Rockin’ Motion Started (:44)” with multiple grease pen corrections in red and white on both the label and acetate itself. On the reverse of the acetate is written “do not play SCREWY!” in white grease pen on the black back. This acetate comes with its original yellow RCA Victor paper sleeve with further grease pen notations and a later bootleg copy of the produced 45 RPM record (original copies are incredibly rare) with label on front side only. Given that the original produced 45s are incredibly hard to acquire, the acetate for the 45 is an amazing find for this convergence of three greats--Elvis, RCA and TV Guide--in music and television history. Both the rare acetate and 45 record measure 6 3/4 inches (17.14 cm) in diameter and are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The acetate has grease pen on both sides, is in its original sleeve and is in excellent condition overall. The 45 RPM record is in excellent, like-new condition.View additional info and full condition report
Description: The offered ring emanates from Charlie Hodge. It was purchased in the early 1980s along with 11 other rings and the original box in which Elvis kept them when he gave them to Charlie. The letter that accompanies details our consignor’s acquisition of the incredible group of rings and reads, in part: At one point in the very early 1980’s there was an event in Antwerp, organized by the Belgian fan club, that featured Charlie Hodge as the headliner. He was one of the very first people who had known Elvis up close to come to Europe to speak at an Elvis event. I found Charlie in one of the hallways at one point and talked to him for about twenty minutes. He was a bit shocked to hear a teenager asking if he had any of Elvis’ stuff for sale, but I convinced him that I was very, very serious about expanding my Elvis collection with as many personal items as possible. He told me he was going to do an event in Paris next, but to visit him at his hotel the next morning. He showed me a small black box full of rings, and said Elvis had asked him to hold on to them at some point in the early 70’s and then had never asked for them again afterwards. He said this kind of stuff would happen all the time, because Elvis would go through a lot of rings and other jewelry all the time. He asked me if there was any ring I liked best, that I was most interested in buying from him. I could not take my eyes off the box and immediately knew I wanted the entire thing! Within minutes we agreed on a price for all 12 rings that were in the box. I was short so I borrowed some money from my parents, and we left with a dozen of Elvis’ rings!This 14-karat yellow gold men’s lion head ring has diamond eyes that each measure 1.3 mm and weigh 0.01 carat, a diamond in the lion’s mouth that weighs approximately 0.05 carat and measures 2.3 mm, and is exquisitely designed in a size 9. The ring, which weighs 20 grams, is marked “14k” and “Baumi” on the interior band. Elvis had a fond appreciation for the symbolism of the lion and often wore jewelry with the figure of a lion’s head for important occasions, such as a lion’s head ring in the film Elvis: That’s The Way It Is and a lion’s head pendant necklace with his meeting with President Nixon. The lion, representing strength and courage, was a perfect choice for Elvis during this period of his career. A receipt, dated 3/1/71, for the purchase of a lion head ring with three diamonds is archived in the private Graceland Archives collection and may refer to the offered example. The ring is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The lion head ring is in Excellent condition overall.View additional info
Description: In March of 1958, Elvis was inducted into the Army and assigned to the 3rd Armored Division, 1st Medium Tank Battalion. At the completion of his basic training in Fort Hood, Texas, Elvis had become a pistol sharpshooter and expressed his enjoyment of the “rough and tumble” of the tank obstacle course. The “Tankers Fan Club” was born in 1958 during Elvis’ stint in the Army and named for his role in the 1st Medium Tank Battalion. The club was run by president Gary Pepper, who suffered from cerebral palsy and was confined to a wheelchair. Despite his physical limitations, Gary did a lot for the popularity of the club and Elvis during that time. Offered is the “Elvis Presley Tankers” membership card belonging to Mrs. Mary Lewis from Memphis who obtained the holy grail, Elvis’ signature, on the back of her card. The pink-colored card is signed “Elvis Presley” in blue ink on the reverse and has the handwritten notation “at Fairgrounds Memphis Tenn. 7/19/62.” The notation is explained in a letter from Donna Lewis that states, “This authentic signature from Elvis Presley, was signed at the Memphis Fairgrounds on July 19, 1962” which perfectly corresponds to the membership dates on the front—“Nov. 12, 1961 - Nov. 12, 1962.” The card measures 2 1/4 by 3 1/2 inches (5.71 x 8.89 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The card exhibits a pink discoloration overall with the blue ink signature still strong; paper clip rust residue exists along the top center edge on both the front and back. Evidence of water staining is apparent.View additional info and full condition report
Description: “Elvis Wiggles and Wails as 24,000 Scream and Sob” and “28,000 Go Wild at Presley Shows” were some of the headlines in papers about Elvis’ Detroit shows, which were best summed up by the Detroit News on April 3, 1957: “Who Else but Elvis... could get this kind of reaction.” Local papers were recounting reports of hysterical fans greeting a gold-jacket-and-shoe-clad Elvis at the Olympia Stadium show in Detroit and warning that people were liable to get killed going to see Elvis Presley, likely because of the astounding number of crazed fans. This wonderfully preserved fan collection consists of a March 31, 1957 original ticket stub from the 2 p.m. matinee Elvis concert. The lucky fan was seated in section 10, row D, seat 10 and paid $2.50 to see the King live in the Olympia arena that day. This fan not only saved the ticket stub, but also saved fan club member special ephemera like the souvenir photo and a book of sheet music entitled “The Elvis Presley Album of Juke Box Favorites - Special Fan Club Edition,” which includes the words and music to “That’s All Right,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” and five more songs as well as images and captions of Elvis for a peek into his personal life. Also included is a “personal note” to fan club members from Elvis in which he states in part, “I carry 160 lbs. on my six foot frame and have dark brown hair and blue eyes. Never have thought much about getting married---in fact, just being near girls makes me kinda nervous and tingley all over, like getting shocked, but I like it!!” This great collection from that wild moment in history is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The ticket stub presents with two folds and several creases, while the fan letter remains clean with only small wrinkles, and the album of sheet music shows moderate to heavy fading, staining on the binding edge and small areas of paper loss.View additional info and full condition report
Description: This period photo folio was one of the promotional and marketing souvenirs sold at concerts early in Elvis’ career. Promoting Elvis’ movie career in a concert souvenir was a brilliant idea that only the Colonel could have contrived, and these folios contained images of Elvis’ 1957 MGM film Jailhouse Rock throughout. Elvis was always gracious to fans and would sign when requested. In this prime example, one fortunate fan took the photo folio and opened it to a charming interior image of Elvis, where he signed in bright blue ink across the white space of his shirt collar, “To Sherry Elvis Presley.” Elvis held fewer concerts in 1957 as he started focusing more on his movie career, so these 1957 souvenir photo folios with a large head shot image of Elvis on the cover and filled with film images of Elvis, were a perfect tool to ease fans into that transition. Appropriately, the back cover of this souvenir photo folio has the rarer Jailhouse Rock back cover advertisement. This folio measures approximately 10 by 8 inches (25.4 x 20.32 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The folio presents in clean, well-preserved condition. Excellent condition.View additional info
Description: The offered letter from the Colonel to Elvis—with great content and a personal tone—is dated August 6, 1957, and reads in part, “As I did on Love Me Tender and Loving You - I had this book made-up for you with JAILHOUSE ROCK stills for your collection, I know you will like this. Be sure and do not let any of these photos out, as I had to promise MGM that these were special for our collection only. I know how much you like to collect these special photos of your carreer [sic], so whenever I can I get these up for you for your collection. AND THIS IS NO SNOWJOB.” He goes on to suggest that Elvis contact Mr. Thau to schedule the date he would like to view Jailhouse Rock with his parents and recommends recording session dates for the Christmas LP, going on to say, “Regarding the Xmas Album, believe me if I did not think it will be something that will sell for a long time ... I would not even think about suggesting…” Once again, the Colonel’s promotional prowess proves precise, as the album is almost everyone’s all-time Christmas favorite! The letter is simply signed “Col” and comes with the original envelope with the Snowmen’s League logo, which is addressed to “SNOW CHIEF HIGH POTENTATE SNOWER / ELVIS SNOWCHIEF WALLABY THE FIRST.” The envelope has handwritten calculations on the reverse. The letter and envelope are offered with an Elvis Presley Photo Folio with an ad for Jailhouse Rock, which measures approximately 10 by 8 inches (25.4 x 20.32 cm). This marvelous ephemera collection originates from the 1999 Graceland Archives auction (partial A165) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity only from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The letter shows original mailing folds but no other defects. Near Mint condition. The cover of the photo folio, while missing interior pages, remains well-preserved. Excellent to Mint condition.View additional info and full condition report
Description: This award was “Presented to Bob Miller to commemorate RIAA Certified Platinum Sales of More Than 6,000,000 copies of the RCA Records Label album, cassette and CD ‘Elvis’ Golden Hits.’” Bob Miller, along with Bill Trader, wrote the song “(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such As I” which Elvis recorded in June 1958. The award display is centered on a platinum-toned record with a black-and-white pictorial label of Elvis holding a record award and also contains a plaque, CD and cassette tape, and an image of the original cover for Elvis’ Golden Records. The compilation of Elvis’ hit singles from 1956 and 1957 is considered to be the first “Greatest Hits” album ever issued and was the first of five Elvis’ Golden Records volumes to be released. The album was awarded 5X Platinum on March 27, 1992, and 6X platinum on July 15, 1999, by the Recording Industry Association of America. The award display measures approximately 21 by 16 3/4 inches (53.34 x 42.54 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of Authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The award is in excellent condition overall.View additional info
Description: Trude Forsher, secretary for Colonel Parker and Elvis in Hollywood from 1956 to early 1961, played a vital role in the machine that was the branding of Elvis Presley. Indispensable to Colonel Parker when he was on the West Coast negotiating movie deals for Elvis, Trude often took dictation in shorthand on the offered steno pad. In a personal blend of German English shorthand decipherable by only Trude herself, one can only image the topics discussed on these pages. The notebook, with top metal spiral binding, is chock full of this German English shorthand with occasional handwritten names and notes scattered throughout like, “Elizabeth Scott,” “Wendell Cory,” “All Star Shows,” “Tom Mosley,” “NBC” and “Elvis Presley.” Trude’s son recalls that at one point even his mother was unable to read her own shorthand, so the secrets written in these pages may remain forever. The spiral notebook measures 9 1/4 by 6 inches (23.49 x 15.24 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The steno notebook is in good, well used condition.View additional info
Description: The offered signed and inscribed black-and-white promotional photograph of Elvis likely originated from the collection of Eddie Richardson, president of the Elvis fan club in 1965. The photo is signed in ink on the reverse “My Sincere Thanks for everything / Elvis Presley.” The autograph was likely penned while Elvis was signing several photographs since, upon close inspection and viewed at a slight angle, impressions of two additional partial inscriptions and autographs appear on the front of this photo. The inscription “To Eddie” can be discerned in this manner, supporting the belief that Elvis slightly overlapped photos as he was signing for Eddie Richardson and fans. This promotional photo, circa 1960, is attributed to Wild in the Country and was included in the booklet for Sony’s Follow That Dream release of the film’s soundtrack several years ago, since a long-playing album or EP was never originally released with the film. The 1961 movie, distributed by 20th Century Fox, showcased Elvis’ acting over his singing, and therefore it was decided not to release a full soundtrack, but rather individual songs as singles to promote the film. This stunning promotional photo measures approximately 10 by 8 inches (25.4 x 20.32 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The signature and inscription are in perfect condition with minimal, if any, fading. The photo itself presents in very clean and Excellent condition overall.View additional info and full condition report
Description: The Colonel does not mince words in this three-page, single-spaced, typed missive wherein he lets Elvis know, in no uncertain terms, his feelings and concerns for the “entourage” and Elvis’ handling of them. The letter is dated April 29, 1960, and gets right to the point as the Colonel opens the directive with, “I know you will appreciate the fact that rather than sit down and go over all these details again and again like I have in the past on the train, in the hotel, in the dressing room, explaining to these friends of yours the responsibility that goes with their being associated with you.” The letter continues with a stern tone for three long pages as the Colonel expresses doubt, frustration and warning. The message is clear when he writes, “They themselves well know whether they are detremental [sic] to your career, and if they don’t have sense enough to think about this then in all fairness to you as a friend they should tell you so and go home. Whether they do or not is no concern of mine. I like all of them as persons, but I can’t sit by any longer and became involved with a daily routine of preaching and advising and looking out for a lot of people that I have nothing to do with as far as my business with you is concerned.” He encourages each of the entourage to read the letter. The Colonel is strong in his message and each word packs a punch, like the paragraph in which the Colonel says, “I believe that you definitely should tell every one of them that their actions reflect 100% on you as they are living with you, traveling with you, and to some extent you are responsible for them. Public opinion will always be geared to you, not them, and whatever they do, however their actions are mis-judged, they will immediately reflect on you.” He closes this very direct letter with “I am not angry at any of your friends. I like them all, but I am too old to start raising another family.” The Colonel’s passionate plea to Elvis is an extremely detailed insight into the behind-the-scenes dynamic between Elvis, the Memphis Mafia and the Colonel. This file copy of this letter with amazing content measures 11 by 8 1/2 inches 27.94 x 21.59 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The three-page letter is stapled at the upper left corner with evidence of rust from a previous staple, fold marks in the upper left corner and a vertical crease with ink along the bottom center of the first page only. The letter is in very good condition overall.View additional info and full condition report
Description: Perhaps what so endears Elvis Presley to his fans was his never-ending spirit of giving. In December of 1960, an editorial ran in an L.A. paper about the stalled efforts to complete the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. This article was spotted by the Colonel and Elvis answered the call to duty. On January 11, 1961, a press conference was held and it was announced that Elvis would perform a benefit concert on the condition that every penny from the concert go to the fund. Elvis had just turned 26 and the fact that the average age of the 1,177 American seamen that died aboard the U.S.S. Arizona during the Pearl Harbor attack was about that same age was not lost on him. It was stated during the press conference that not only was everyone expected to pay for entry to the event but that Elvis wanted to be the one to buy the first ticket. The concert was March 25th, 1961, and 4,000 screaming fans, 15 songs and $54,000 later, Elvis left the building. As a result of the concert and the huge amount of media attention it garnered, public and private donations flooded in from all over the country and on May 30, 1962 (Memorial Day), the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial was dedicated. This original white press ribbon from the event states in gold lettering “Press / Presley / U.S.S. Arizona Benefit” and was made by Geo. Lauterer Corp in Chicago, Illinois. The ribbon measures 4 1/4 by 2 inches (10.79 x 5.08 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The ribbon is in excellent condition with a horizontal crease down the center.View additional info
Description: The offered ring emanates from Charlie Hodge. It was purchased in the early 1980s along with 11 other rings and the original box in which Elvis kept them when he gave them to Charlie. The letter that accompanies details our consignor’s acquisition of the incredible group of rings and reads, in part: At one point in the very early 1980’s there was an event in Antwerp, organized by the Belgian fan club, that featured Charlie Hodge as the headliner. He was one of the very first people who had known Elvis up close to come to Europe to speak at an Elvis event. I found Charlie in one of the hallways at one point and talked to him for about twenty minutes. He was a bit shocked to hear a teenager asking if he had any of Elvis’ stuff for sale, but I convinced him that I was very, very serious about expanding my Elvis collection with as many personal items as possible. He told me he was going to do an event in Paris next, but to visit him at his hotel the next morning. He showed me a small black box full of rings, and said Elvis had asked him to hold on to them at some point in the early 70’s and then had never asked for them again afterwards. He said this kind of stuff would happen all the time, because Elvis would go through a lot of rings and other jewelry all the time. He asked me if there was any ring I liked best, that I was most interested in buying from him. I could not take my eyes off the box and immediately knew I wanted the entire thing! Within minutes we agreed on a price for all 12 rings that were in the box. I was short so I borrowed some money from my parents, and we left with a dozen of Elvis’ rings!Elvis had a fascination with sapphire jewelry, perhaps because of the special significance of sapphires in numerology, of which Elvis was an enthusiast. This men’s white 14-karat gold ring has a black star sapphire, which measures 9.3 by 7.5 mm and weighs 14 grams, mounted above two sapphires, which measure 2.8 mm and weighing 0.08 carat, on the shoulders. The ring measures size 10 and is marked 14k and “3150” on the interior band. Elvis was often seen wearing black star sapphire rings and this example is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The ring is in Excellent condition overall.View additional info
Description: For years, Elvis fans always received responses to their correspondence, and in 1963, lucky devotees, including Sheela Smith, were sent what appeared to be a handwritten letter from Elvis himself (in reality, the fan response letter was a copy of a handwritten letter on which the name of the recipient was handwritten in ink). The offered fan response letter, postmarked February 1, 1963, shares thoughts directly from Elvis and reads: Time has flown by and we are now facing a new year. I want to wish you a late but a prosperous new year. I am sorry I haven’t gotten around to it sooner, but I’m sure you understand how rushed I am around Christmas time. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I sincerely hope this new year will be the most prosperous and happiest one you have ever had. I want to thank you for your loyal support and for your nice cards and letters for the year of 1962, and all others in the past. My new picture I recently finished is called “It Happened at The World’s Fair” and is suppose [sic] to be released around Easter. I hope you like it. I had a wonderful Christmas, Birthday and New Year at home with my folks. I am now leaving for the West Coast to start filming a new picture which as of now is named “Holiday In Acupulo,” [sic] part of it will be filmed in Acupulo, [sic] Mexico. I hope to be back home in Memphis some-time in April for a few days rest between pictures. As I am pressed for time, I guess I’d better run now. Keep writting [sic] your wonderful letters and I will answer you every chance I get. Best wishes to you and yours. Sincerely yours, Elvis Presley.This original letter comes with its period mailing envelope hand-addressed to Sheela Smith in Memphis, Tennessee. The response letter measuring 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm) and envelope measuring 4 by 9 1/2 inches (10.16 x 24.13 cm) are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The letter and envelope are in excellent condition despite being discolored from age. The envelope exhibits only minor paper loss from being opened.View additional info and full condition report
Description: Each card in this complete set of eight fun, full-color, U.S. lobby cards for the film Girls! Girls! Girls! has been graded and sealed by CGC (Certified Guaranty Company) to preserve its condition, which ranges from 8.0 to 9.0, averaging 8.4. The original purpose of lobby cards was to promote the film in movie theaters. Compiling entire sets has become a hobby amongst collectors. Each lobby card features an image of Elvis flanked by two ladies, a monochrome image of a sailboat with more girls, and a still from a different scene in the film. Directed by Norman Taurog and co-starring Stella Stevens and Laurel Goodwin, Girls! Girls! Girls! starred Elvis as Ross Carpenter, a sailor who tries to buy the boat on which he works when the owner retires. In typical Elvis musical movie fashion, he finds himself caught in a love triangle with his lovely co-stars. The lobby cards each measure approximately 11 by 14 inches (27.94 x 35.56 cm) and are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: All eight cards have been encapsulated by CGC and graded between ???8??? and ???9.??? Cards range from Near Mint to Mint condition overall.View additional info and full condition report
Description: Viva Las Vegas is considered by many to be one of Elvis’ best films, highlighted by legendary songs and the natural chemistry between the two stars, Elvis and Ann-Margret. The fast-paced, twisted plot of the film and the upbeat soundtrack makes for a fun ride for the audience. Fifteen songs were recorded for the film and only six were issued as singles. “Do the Vega” was recorded in July of 1963 at Radio Recorders in Hollywood for the Viva Las Vegas film but was not used in the movie; instead it was released on Elvis Sings Flaming Star in 1969. “The Climb,” another song recorded for the film, was a blues dance number performed by a vocal ensemble group that included Elvis, but has never officially been released by RCA. Offered is the RCA Victor “Reference Recording” acetate with special label that includes the handwritten titles “Elvis / Do The Vega / MISC - S-0157-1 / used in CAS - 2304” on one side and “Elvis / Climb / MISC S-0157-2 / No Elvis Vocal” on the other side. Since “The Climb” was an ensemble piece, it makes perfect sense that there would be a recording with no Elvis vocals. The acetate measures approximately 6 7/8 inches (17.46 cm) in diameter and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The acetate is in excellent condition overall with very minor surface wear.View additional info
Description: Elvis was a lifelong car ethusiast and owned a wide variety of vehicles, from motorcycles to Messerschmitt's and everything in between, with Cadillac being one of his preferred marques. With a stable full of automobiles, its only fitting that Elvis would have a plethora of license plates for his collection. Offered is a wonderful example of a period Tennessee white with black lettering license plate from 1966. The plate, numbered "ON-4739," has 66 indented in the upper right corner and is framed with a copy of a color photo of Elvis. The license plate measures 6 by 12 inches (15.24 x 30.48 cm) and the framed display measures 21 by 17 inches (53.34 x 43.18 cm). The license plate was offered in the 1999 Graceland Archives auction as part of lot B123 and comes with a copy of that orignal letter as well as a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.Please Note: This license plate was originally for Elvis' 1967 Lincoln Continental.
Condition Report: The license plate is in excellent condition with typical signs of minor wear.View additional info
Description: The offered Colt “Police Positive Special” .32 caliber pistol was acquired in the 1970s by Elvis Presley at Tiny’s Gun Store in Palm Springs, California. The pistol was later given to Elvis’ longtime bodyguard Richard Grob. Grob’s detailed 2015 letter concerning Elvis getting the gun, which accompanies the weapon, reads in part:Tiny, the owner [of the gun shop], admired one of Elvis’ rings and Elvis asked him if he wanted to trade for it. Tiny said yes and offered several items for the trade. One such item was a Colt Police Positive, .32 Caliber, 6-shot revolver, serial number 583365, with a 4 inch barrel. I advised Elvis that this was a good collectors’ weapon because of its age and condition, and it was one of the items he traded for the ring. ... Elvis later shot the weapon several times at the police range. After shooting it at special targets, pails filled with water, watermelons and grapefruit, he saw that the bullet did not have an explosive effect on the target when the bullet hit, like a .38 caliber or a 9-mm pistol had. He said that it didn’t have much fire power, very little noise and almost no recoil. ... He gave it to me and said that I could have it. This weapon has remained in my possession since Elvis gave it to me and is only one of many firearms that he gave to me over the years.This is a classic Colt pistol and an opportunity to acquire a firearm from Elvis’ personal arsenal. And you won’t even have to trade a ring for it! The pistol measures 10 inches (25.4 cm) in length and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The pistol contains a small break at the bottom edge of the handle, otherwise in excellent condition overall.View additional info
Description: Elvis had a strong fascination with law enforcement and a close relationship with the Shelby County Sheriff’s office, for whom he was an honorary Deputy. Shelby is the county where his Graceland home is located, but he also made quite an impression on the Sheriff’s office in Lee County, the county of his Tupelo birthplace. On December 29, 1970, Elvis was awarded the honor of Sheriff of Lee County and received his badge from Tupelo Sheriff Bill Mitchell. The offered signature and inscription “To Dena from Elvis Presley” is on Sheriff and Tax Collector, Lee County, Tupelo, Mississippi letterhead in bold blue ink. The large inscription is nearly centered on this sheet of handsome stationery, which features an ink rendering of the courthouse. This strong signature is accompanied by copies of five images from the honoring of Elvis in Lee County that day in 1970, and although Elvis spent time there that day, one cannot confirm whether this signature was obtained that very day or at another time. The letterhead measures 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm); three of the images measure 8 by 10 inches (20.32 x 25.4 cm) and two measure 4 by 6 (10.16 x 15.24 cm). The ephemera collection is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The letterhead is in excellent condition with vertical and horizontal creases down the center. The reverse has minor surface soiling and the signature is bold and dark.View additional info and full condition report
Description: Undoubtedly arranged by Colonel Parker on May 22, 1965, and in his jesting manner, the telegram compliments Colonel Knox on his skills by stating, “We have a warm feeling for any production manager that is on the ball and from all observations you are on roller skates. You are indeed a colonel. Good luck on Frankie and Johnny” and closes with “Sincerely Elvis and The Sergeant.” In a later telegram from the pair to Colonel Knox, Parker signs off as “The Colonel” but again shows his whimsical nature by stating, “On behalf of Elvis and Myself and Frankie and Johnny.” This telegram, sent on June 18, 1965, for Father’s Day, comes with the original full-color plastic pocket provided by Western Union specifically for sending Father’s Day greetings.The pair of telegrams is offered with a black-and-white photo depicting Elvis with the directing and producing staff of Harum Scarum, in which Colonel Harold Knox (production manager) is found on the far right-hand side, and a photocopy of an Admiral Pictures shooting call sheet for Frankie and Johnny dated June 21, 1965, which lists Col. H.E. Knox as the production manager. Set in the 19th century, Frankie and Johnny is the story of a couple of showboat performers who tangle in gambling, love and drama. This wonderful collection also comes with two black-and-white movie stills each measuring approximately 8 by 10 inches (20.32 x 25.4 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The telegrams are in Excellent condition overall with a few creases from folding. The telegram to Colonel Knox contains a tear and fold on the upper edge, a minor tear to the right side edge along a crease, and a tear in the lower left center quadrant.View additional info and full condition report
Description: Tickle Me is a musical comedy starring Elvis as a rodeo bullrider. The film was a fan favorite and a box office hit that saved the studio, Allied Artist Pictures, from bankruptcy and won Elvis a Golden Laurel Award in 1966 for best male actor in a musical film. This 45 RPM record contains radio spot announcements intended to be played on radio stations as vocal advertisements for the upcoming film. This unusual radio spot announcement recording for the film Tickle Me, with red “Allied Artists Presents” label, contains three cuts on side “A-Tickle” which is stamped twice “Play This Side.” The label on the reverse side is identical except it has a single stamp: “Play Other Side.” This exceptional 45 RPM radio spot announcement recording is 6 7/8 inches (17.46 cm) in diameter and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The radio spot announcement recording 45 is in excellent overall condition.View additional info
Description: The offered RCA shipping case contains an astounding twenty unplayed copies of Elvis’ 45 RPM single “Guitar Man.” Released in January 1968, the song only cracked the top 50 on Billboard’s charts (most likely the reason this fine artifact survives!), but it marked a turning point for Elvis. “Guitar Man,” written by Jerry Reed, is a great song and an improvement over the singles being released during the period towards the end of his film career. As Elvis moved to music full-time in the coming years, the releases would continue to improve. The box is addressed to Main Line Cleveland, an Ohio record distributor that had been involved in payola scandals a few years earlier. The 20 copies of the 45s have been stored in modern white sleeves, leaving the original photo sleeves relatively unscathed. A unique opportunity to acquire a treasure trove of one of Elvis’ best recordings of the era. The RCA shipping case measures 7 1/2 by 7 3/4 by 2 inches (19.05 x 19.68 x 5.08 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The box is in good condition with one end open and worn at the flaps. The box exhibits surface dirt from age and use. The photo sleeves exhibit minor wear with some wrinkles.View additional info and full condition report
Description: Colonel Parker was always keeping Elvis fresh in the minds of fans - especially during the holidays, when he would market special programs. In 1967, radio stations were supplied with the offered RCA Victor full-track 7 1/2 I.P.S. reel-to-reel complete program and script for Elvis’ Special Christmas Program, which was intended to be played on Sunday, December 3, 1967. Cleverly, the Colonel provided the stations with the complete broadcast, including announcements between songs. This reel-to-reel with original RCA label, original box and script also comes with a special two-color paper advertising poster that was designed to help sell the December 3rd radio special. The festive red-and-white paper ad for Elvis’ special radio program shows eight images of Elvis’ Christmas albums and singles. The base of the advertisement boasts, “HEAR ELVIS’ SPECIAL RADIO PROGRAM ON MORE THAN 2,000 STATIONS / Coast-to-Coast / Sunday, Dec. 3rd 1967.” What better way to ring in the season than with the King? The reel-to-reel box measures 7 1/2 by 7 1/4 by 3/4 inches (19.05 x 18.41 x 1.90 cm), the Christmas Program script measures 6 3/4 by 6 3/4 inches (17.14 x 17.14 cm), and the paper promotional poster measures 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm). This Christmas radio special collection is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The collection is in excellent to near mint condition overall.View additional info
Description: The Colonel knew the value of VIP attention to his star’s career and therefore was always attentive to their needs and making them feel important. In this pursuit, he often created special promotional gifts for this crowd. Offered is a prime example—a Cross 12-karat gold filled pen and pencil set, housed in its original interior custom box and exterior turquoise box. The boxed set’s cover label sports an MGM logo alongside the wording “Welcome Thanks for Everything from the RCA Victor Family and ELVIS and the Colonel.” While often attributed to the 1969 opening night of Elvis’ run at the International Hotel, the pen set includes the Cross pamphlet with a copyright date of 1967, and with the MGM logo on the box, which came into use in 1966, this set is clearly from the era of the late 1960s yet its definitive purpose remains unconfirmed. The outer box measures 6 1/2 by 3 by 1 inch (16.51 x 7.62 x 2.54 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The boxed set is in excellent, like-new condition with some discoloration and staining to the outer blue box.View additional info
Description: The IC Costume Company designed and custom-made much of Elvis’ performance and personal wardrobes, including his jumpsuits. With the volume of orders from Elvis, this IC Costume Company invoice is likely one of many issued to the King. Shortly after designing the tight-fitting black leather outfit Elvis wore in the 1968 NBC “Comeback Special,” Bill Belew became more famous and busy creating costumes for Elvis’ stage presence as well as personal outfits that kept Elvis at the height of fashion. The offered invoice, number 1250, is dated 8/21/69, and was shipped to Elvis at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. Included in the shipment were a custom-made white stretch gabardine suit (cossack-style) with woven satin belt, a dark blue gabardine suit (cossack-style) with woven satin belt, a black-and-red woven satin belt, and six silk turquoise scarves sent at no charge. The gabardine cossack-style suit, a tight woven fabric suit without a typical suit lapel, was popular with Elvis in the ’70s. This invoice, totaling $895 with indication of being paid on August 25, 1969, with check number 7151, was originally from a group of three receipts offered in the 1999 Graceland Archives Auction and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The receipt shows minor signs of wear, including fold marks and creases, and is in Excellent condition overall.View additional info
Description: The offered ring emanates from Charlie Hodge. It was purchased in the early 1980s along with 11 other rings and the original box in which Elvis kept them when he gave them to Charlie. The letter that accompanies details our consignor’s acquisition of the incredible group of rings and reads, in part: At one point in the very early 1980’s there was an event in Antwerp, organized by the Belgian fan club, that featured Charlie Hodge as the headliner. He was one of the very first people who had known Elvis up close to come to Europe to speak at an Elvis event. I found Charlie in one of the hallways at one point and talked to him for about twenty minutes. He was a bit shocked to hear a teenager asking if he had any of Elvis’ stuff for sale, but I convinced him that I was very, very serious about expanding my Elvis collection with as many personal items as possible. He told me he was going to do an event in Paris next, but to visit him at his hotel the next morning. He showed me a small black box full of rings, and said Elvis had asked him to hold on to them at some point in the early 70’s and then had never asked for them again afterwards. He said this kind of stuff would happen all the time, because Elvis would go through a lot of rings and other jewelry all the time. He asked me if there was any ring I liked best, that I was most interested in buying from him. I could not take my eyes off the box and immediately knew I wanted the entire thing! Within minutes we agreed on a price for all 12 rings that were in the box. I was short so I borrowed some money from my parents, and we left with a dozen of Elvis’ rings!Elvis loved jewelry and in the 1970s he was known to adorn his fingers with multiple rings during his performances. Elvis liked sapphires and coin rings in particular, and would gravitate towards rings with either of these elements more often than not. Offered is one of his U.S. 1911 $2½ Indian Head gold coin rings. Rings of this ilk were worn during many of Elvis’ hallmark moments on stage and screen, including during the filming of the 1970 documentary film Elvis: That’s the Way It Is. The offered size 9 ring is set in a crosshatch pattern 14-karat gold ring weighing 17 grams and was gifted by Elvis to Charlie Hodge. The ring is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The ring exhibits signs of use, with the Indian Head side of the coin well worn. The ring is in overall Excellent condition.View additional info and full condition report
Description: Harry Levitch was one of only two non-family members to fly out of Memphis for Elvis and Priscilla’s wedding on May 1, 1967. The wedding party gathered in Palm Springs before flying to Las Vegas after midnight on May 1 in two leased jets. Harry Levitch was in the wedding party and likely brought jewelry with him on this trip for Elvis to review. The first of two offered receipts is dated 4-29-1967— just two days before the wedding—with the notation “HL took on trip.” The receipt, numbered 10327, totals $7,570.10 and lists a star sapphire ring, man’s white gold diamond ring, man’s yellow gold diamond ring, ladies watch, emerald cut ring, and several more baubles which likely made the trip to Vegas for the wedding nuptial events. The second receipt, dated 5-12-1967, numbered 10446 and indicated as a memo, lists charms for a charm bracelet like “tree of life” and “wedding bells.” Further notations indicate “charged” on certain items, indicating a purchase, and the reverse contains a taped jewelry tag and handwritten calculations. Both receipts are on carbon invoices from Harry Levitch Jewelers, located at the Hotel Peabody at 159 Union Avenue in Memphis. Both receipts come with a copy of a notarized letter from Ron Levitch on Harry Levitch Jewelers letterhead dated August 25, 2004, which lists the invoice numbers, dates and notes of the sales receipts for items sold to, memo’d to, or repaired for Elvis Presley. The receipts each measure 6 by 4 3/8 inches (15.24 x 12.06 cm) and are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The April 1967 receipt is in good condition with staple holes along the top edge and right side; some ink has bled through to the back. The May 1967 receipt has staple holes along the top quadrant and two horizontal crease lines.View additional info and full condition report
Description: Elvis was an avid reader who had an appreciation for a wide range of topics. As Marty Lacker recalls in his letters that accompany the offered books, “It is well known that Elvis had a vast book collection on a number of subjects, religion, politics, the government and others with power and influence in the country. At times he and I discussed politics because he knew I was interested in it.” This “Presidential” themed collection of books once belonging to the king’s library includes: the hardcover book The Vantage Point: Perspectives of the Presidency 1963-1969 by Lyndon Baines Johnson, copyright 1971; the hardcover with original dustjacket The Pentagon Papers: The Secret History of the Vietnam War published by the New York Times, copyright 1971; and the hardcover with original dustjacket Harry S. Truman by his daughter Margaret Truman, copyright 1972. The books measure 9 1/2 by 6 1/2 by 2 inches (24.13 x 16.61 x 5.08 cm), 9 1/4 by 6 1/4 by 2 inches (23.49 x 15.87 x 5.08 cm), and 9 1/2 by 6 1/2 by 2 inches (24.13 x 16.61 x 5.08 cm) respectively. The three books are each accompanied by a letter from Marty Lacker and a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: Each book is in very good, used and read, condition.View additional info
Description: Elvis’ love for cars was almost as enormous as his generosity. On December 8, 1970, Elvis purchased a house in Los Angeles for Joe Esposito and his wife and Mercedes-Benzes for himself and two others. Offered are three documents relating to the purchase of a white 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 6-cylinder Coupe/Roadster. The documentation includes a signed Motor Vehicle Purchase Order and Federal Disclosure Statement from Mercedes-Benz of Hollywood Sales and Service on which Elvis has signed his agreement with the order and financing. The purchase price with added accessories was $9,120.50 and Elvis left a cash down payment of $3,120.50, leaving the balance to be paid in installments with the first due on his next birthday of January 8, 1971. All the particulars of this model and the sale are handwritten on the form, with an additional note reading “actor” handwritten along the top margin. The purchaser’s name is listed as “Elvis A. Presley or Priscilla.” The form is signed “Elvis A. Presley.” The additional documents include a signed “Application for Credit and Insurance,” signed “Elvis Presley,” and a blue ink carbon copy of the “Agreement to Furnish Insurance,” both of which are dated December 8, 1970. Elvis and Priscilla were certainly driving in style. This collection of three documents are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: All documents show minor wear along the edges and present with mild edge toning. Excellent condition overall.View additional info
Description: This framed RCA Victor 45 RIAA Certified Sales Award for “Don’t Cry Daddy” was “Presented to RCA Records to commemorate the sale of more than one million copies of the RCA Records single record ‘Don’t Cry Daddy’” by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). RIAA was created in 1958 to honor artists and set a standard by which the sale of sound recordings could be evaluated and measured. Released in 1969, “Don’t Cry Daddy” reached number six in the U.S. and number eight in the U.K. The single was certified gold by RIAA on January 21, 1970. This framed display features a gold-colored 45 single above a gold-colored plaque, both mounted against a black backing with gold-colored frame, and measures approximately 17 by 13 inches (43.18 by 33.02 cm). Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The award is in excellent condition with only minor scratching to the Plexiglas.View additional info
Description: In November 1971, Elvis performed an ambitious 12-city concert tour in 12 days. These concerts were also the start of the replacement of The Imperials with J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet. Both topics were covered in the Colonel’s holiday letter to fans in 1971, which he opens, “Dear Friend: We are happy to tell you of the wonderful reception Elvis received in every one of the twelve cities in which his show appeared. The ‘sold out’ sign was up in every town and Elvis gave some of the greatest performances of his career.” The Colonel ends with “To those fans who were present Elvis sends his heartfelt thanks for coming out to see his shows, and it was a great thrill for him to perform on stage for you. He sends best wishes for happy holidays to you all.”The stamped signature of “Colonel Parker’s Office” is in blue on the harvest yellow paper with depictions of album covers along the top and lower edges. The holiday letter in which the Colonel expresses his genuine gratitude to Elvis’ fans measures 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The letter contains two horizontal fold lines, tape residue and pinholes in corners with slight paper loss where tape was removed (does not show on front).View additional info and full condition report
Description: The offered dress shirt was a gift from Elvis Presley to his hair stylist for more than 20 years, Homer “Gill” Gilleland. Written in Gilleland’s hand on the shirt’s “Sears Kings Road” label is “Owned and worn by Elvis Presley, Gill, 4-3-85.” The original logo and text on the label has all but worn off. Sears Kings Road brand shirts were defined by their polyester fabric and bold patterns utilizing abstract themes, like the offered example. They were all the rage from the late 1960s through the mid-1970s as styles moved from psychedelic and bled into disco. The offered garment most likely emanates from the latter end of that period, with its burgeoning collar and cuffs, use of earth tones and kickin’ “rainfall” pattern. During Elvis’ career, it was nothing for him to pick up the phone and ask Gill to hop on a plane to come to Graceland, Hollywood, Las Vegas, or wherever he might be to do Elvis’ hair. Gill was the recipient of many gifts over the years, such as jewelry, cars, and even a house. Of all the many items, though, few have the strongly distinct look of “Elvis” that this shirt does. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The shirt shows signs of being worn and laundered, with faded tagging, but no other noticeable distresses. Excellent to Mint condition.View additional info and full condition report
Description: This unusual and very large hanging banner with blue-and-white invitation was one of the unique and clever marketing missives employed during Elvis’ Las Vegas engagements. The banner, made of felt not unlike pennant material and with a similar printing method, depicts six images of Elvis singing and states, “NOW / ELVIS / ...and the Las Vegas Hilton / the International Hotel / cordially invite you and a guest / to Elvis’ opening show / January 26, 1972 / Cocktails at your table 7:30 pm / Dinner at 8:30 pm / R.S.V.P. / Envelope Enclosed.” Elvis opened this single dinner show with the new ballads, “You Gave Me a Mountain,” “It’s Over,” and “It’s Impossible.” The blue felt banner with wooden and brass topper and gold hanging cord is offered with a letter from Steve Manriquez that states, “It was given to me by Nicholas ‘Nick’ Naff, who was the Director of Advertising and Public Relations at the International Hotel in Las Vegas from 1969-77 and had a hand in designing the Hanging Banner/VIP invitation. I worked for Mr. Naff for more than 16 years when he owned and ran Today in Las Vegas magazine. Throughout his career at the International, he dealt with many of the biggest stars of the day (Barbra Streisand, Tom Jones, and Elvis Presley). I know that Mr. Naff enjoyed working with Elvis above all. In fact, his former secretary Loanne Miller married Colonel Parker.” The revolutionary and distinctive banner invitation and letter from Steve comes with a copy of a July 28, 1969 letter from Nicholas Naff on International letterhead regarding a potential press conference with the notation “OK Col. Parker,” indicating the close working relationship between the two. An incredible and unusual keepsake invitation, this banner measures 35 by 6 3/4 inches (88.9 x 17.14 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The banner is in excellent, like-new condition with some glue residue at the top where affixed to the wooden dowel.View additional info
Description: This RCA in-house gold record award was presented to RCA Studio Sound Engineer Ernie Ruggieri in October 1972 for “Burning Love,” one of Elvis’ biggest hit singles and his last to reach the top 10 American charts. The single was also certified as a million seller by RIAA on October 27, 1972. The focal point of this award is the gold-colored 45 of the single, which is mounted above a plaque and carved laurel leaf branches. The 6 by 4 inch (15.24 x 10.16 cm) plaque at the bottom reads in full “PRESENTED TO ERNIE RUGGIERI IN GRATEFUL RECOGNITION FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS SALES IN EXCESS OF ONE MILLION UNITS OCTOBER 1972 RCA RECORDS.” The award comes with a 45 RPM record of the “Burning Love” single, a copy of a black-and-white photo of Elvis and Ernie Ruggieri that measures 6 by 4 inches (15.24 x 10.16 cm), and a copy of an MGM letter dated April 8, 1971 to Harry Jenkins from George Parkhill. The letter mentions 25 trunks of Elvis’ wardrobe being picked up at MGM Studios by Ernie Ruggieri, who was “arranging for shipment to NY for the cutting” into giveaways for the August album. The award measures 15 by 11 inches (38.1 x 27.94 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The paper label on the gold-toned record on the award is loosening, otherwise the award is in excellent condition overall.View additional info and full condition report
Description: As was the practice of the day, most bills and invoices were paid by check. Elvis was no exception and he had a checking account titled “Elvis Presley Payroll and Expense Fund” at the National Bank of Commerce in Memphis, Tennessee. The offered check from this account, number 049 escaped falling victim to the pen and is still blank to this day. The check, circa 1970, measures 2 3/4 by 6 1/4 inches (6.98 x 15.87 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The check is in excellent, like new condition.View additional info
Description: Fans around the globe watched as the singing phenomenon took the stage at the Honolulu International Center on January 14, 1973, and said “Aloha” to the world. The famed concert aired via satellite in over 40 countries in Europe and Asia (airing at a later date in the U.S.) and was the most expensive entertainment special of its time. The double album released by RCA of this celebrated concert contained 30 songs and was an immediate, massive hit, as Elvis sang every song with the passion and energy only the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll could produce. This framed RIAA Platinum Sales Award was “Presented to Elvis Presley to commemorate the sale of more than 1,000,000 copies of the RCA Records album and cassette ‘Aloha From Hawaii.’” The album was released in February 1973, and reached number one on the Billboard charts shortly thereafter. This was only the second two-disc set of Elvis’ career, and featured the live performance from the TV special while omitting five songs from the original broadcast. The album was certified gold on February 13, 1973, and platinum on May 20, 1988, by RIAA. The framed display features a platinum-colored LP and tape cassette labeled “Platinum Sales Award” above a similar colored plaque and small image of the album cover mounted on a black background. The award measures approximately 21 by 17 inches (53.34 by 43.18 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The award is in excellent condition overall.View additional info
Description: Elvis performed four shows during three days at the Nassau County Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York (Long Island), on June 22 through 24, 1973. The shows during this period opened to the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey and it was about halfway through one of these shows that so many fans were tossing undergarments on stage that Elvis made the jovial remark, “There’s going to be a lot of naked people out there soon!” Part of the marketing and promotion for these popular summer tours, these posters were created to alert the media and fans of upcoming concert dates and venues. This poster, featuring “Four Big Shows!” and four images of Elvis, shows dates, times, and ticket prices, which range from $5.00 to $10.00. These posters were offered for sale to members of the Elvis Presley Enterprises affinity club, The Official Elvis Collectors Club, which was a precursor to the current Graceland Insiders fan group. The poster measures approximately 24 3/4 by 19 inches (62.86 x 48.26 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The paper poster exhibits discoloration around the edge from previous matting, a two-inch repaired tear appears near the top left, minor wear to edges, otherwise very good condition overall.View additional info and full condition report