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Elvis Presley was born Jan. 8, 1935, and he died Aug. 16, 1977. He left a legacy that continues to inspire many fans to this day. In addition to his mansion,
Graceland, his mountain of hit records and his popular movies, Elvis still connects with collectors decades after his untimely death. Beloved by millions,
Elvis was a star among stars.

Recently, I made my way to Memphis, Tenn., to pay homage to the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Visiting Graceland was a truly moving experience.

Elvis' famous home is both a museum and a memorial. While the living room and kitchen certainly were throwbacks to the 1970s, the upstairs bedrooms
were off limits in keeping with Elvis' tradition of only meeting guests on the main floor of the home. Graceland visitors are allowed to tour only the main floor
and lower areas of the main house.

The most interesting room was the famed Jungle Room (shown opposite), located just off the kitchen. Decorated in typical late 1960s/early 1970s era
exotica furniture and accessories, this room was Elvis' informal music room where he played the guitar and sang with his friends.

Collectors are devoted to Elvis and what some call "Elvis-abilia" in a manner that differs from that of other celebrities or rock stars. Elvis was an icon, and
while his hit records are valuable on today's secondary market, it is his global appeal that has attracted so many collectors to Elvis objects.
Elvis made a career out of connecting with his audiences. What's more, his personal decisions to serve in the military and to support American causes
contribute to his widespread popular appeal.

The King of Rock 'n' Roll raised funds to help construct Hawaii's famed USS Arizona Memorial, assisted in the fight against drug abuse and helped
underprivileged children.

He was immortalized on a U.S. postage stamp in 1992. The Elvis stamp remains the most publicized stamp in U.S. history, yet its collectible value is rather
low because so many — more than 500 million — were distributed.

Many Elvis collectibles are quite pricey. His bejeweled stage costumes are on view at Graceland and some have sold to collectors ranging in price from
$30,000 to $300,000. An early career leather jacket brought $37,000 from one collector at a sale.

Elvis was an avid collector of American automobiles, mainly Cadillacs dating from the 1950s through the 1970s. His classic cars are on display in a special
exhibit at Graceland.

In addition, Elvis recordings continue to bring high prices. A Sun Record 45 rpm recording of "That's All Right" in its original paper sleeve sold for $1,100.

Major fine artists also helped to further immortalize Elvis. Andy Warhol's pop art masterpiece of Elvis Presley from 1963 titled "Single Elvis" in silk-screen
ink on a silvered background sold at auction for $3.3 million.