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|ELVIS GUITAR TOPS AUCTION HOPES
May 21, 2016 - Gulf Times / Elvis Express Radio
A guitar given to Elvis Presley by his father in 1969 went under the hammer for $334,000 (Three Hundred & Thirty Four Thousand Dollars) in New York.
Vernon Presley is said to have changed the finish of the Gibson Dove acoustic guitar to ebony after his son earned his black belt in karate.
It beat auction house Julien's estimate of $200,000 to reach over $300,000 for Saturday's sale.
During a 1975 concert in Asheville, North Carolina, Presley had given the guitar to fan Mike Harris, who had kept it until now.
The auction features 83 lots with Elvis memorabilia, including.....
And the highlight of the auction was the "Aloha guitar" which was recently offered for sale at the EPE held Graceland Auction back in January. That time it failed to reach the
minimum price was not reached.
The Gibson Dove guitar was played by Elvis during the historic 'Aloha from Hawaii' concert in January 1973. But Elvis loved this Guitar so much that he would used it during more
than 100 live performances from between 1971 to 1975. This Ebony Gibson Dove guitar, with an estimated $200,000, is one of the most important guitars in music history.
Serial Number: 539461
Body: Solid spruce top; maple back and sides Finish• custom ebony with Kenpo decal
21-fret fingerboard with custom "Elvis Presley" pearlized inlay
Mustache bridge accented with two pearlized dove inlays
Adjustable saddle Black pickguard
Overall, the sale produced lukewarm results. Lady Gaga's first piano, estimated to be worth $100,000 to $200,000, did not find a buyer. Neither did Stevie Ray Vaughan's Fender
Broadcaster electric guitar, valued at $400,000 to $600,000.
Elvis' first piano sold for $140,025, less than the $200,000-300,000 estimate.