Unseen photo's taken in 1956 on 'Dance Party' unearthed on TV show
With his trademark Hawaiian shirt and his long silver hair pulled back into a
ponytail, antiques appraiser Gary Sohmers expects to see lots of treasures, a
little junk, some fakes and hopefully a few "Holy Grails" this weekend.
Starting today and ending Sunday at the Agricenter International, Sohmers
takes center stage at the Best of Home Expressions, formerly known as the
Home Expo.

For the first 250 visitors each day, Sohmers will give free appraisals on items
including toys, collectibles and pop culture. In addition to running his antiques
business in Framingham, Mass., Sohmers appears as an appraiser for the PBS
television show "Antiques Roadshow." Visitors can bring no more than two

As a part of a sneak peek, Sohmers, 57, hit a wow factor Thursday afternoon.
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Events director Joe Callaway is with the Memphis Area Home Builders Association, sponsor of the event. Callaway pulled out a stack never-published
8-by-10, black-and-white photos of Elvis when he appeared on Wink Martindale's local television show, "Dance Party" in 1956. In addition to the photos,
Callaway has the negatives and contact sheets.

"Holy Moly! This is wickedly awesome," Sohmers said as he sifted through the photos. Sohmers valued the negatives alone at $30,000.
Sohmers pointed out something troublesome -- the negatives were not in archival plastic sleeves. "Aye-aye-iii," he exclaimed.
Afterwards, Callaway said he had to remember, "Breathe in. Breathe out." He has no immediate plans for his treasure other than to put them back safely in
storage. Still, he said, "I'm reaffirmed. Elvis is still king.
Unseen pictures of Elvis take during his appearance on the
Wink Martindale TV show, 'Dance Pary' in 1956