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|ELVIS AUCTION DEMANDS A KINGS RANSOM
August 13, 2016 - Commercial Appeal / Elvis Express Radio
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|Bidding was fast and furious, and collectibles associated with the King commanded ransoms befitting royalty during Saturday's Elvis Presley auction at Graceland.
Coming in the midst of the annual Elvis Week festivities, the event saw nearly 200 different items go under the hammer, and generate some $730,000 in sales overall. It was the fifth
sale since Graceland Auctions and its related Elvis authentication service were launched in 2014.
The items were offered by third-party collectors from around the world, as bidding took place online, on the phone and live at the Graceland Archive Studio.
The most significant and hotly contested item during the auction was a "Birth Record" from Presley's delivering physician, which also detailed the birth of his twin brother Jesse (who
was stillborn). The historical document was won, after a fierce volley of bids, by Elvis Presley Enterprises, represented by archivist Angie Marchese for $87,500. The piece is
expected to be put on display as part of Graceland's museum exhibits.
Among the other pricey pieces to move were a pair of red and white western-style pants that Presley donned in his first starring film role, "Loving You." The bidding on the trousers
more than doubled the pre-auction estimate, selling for $42,000. Other articles of clothing, like a shirt, pants and gold belt ensemble sold for $37,500.
Pieces of jewelry owned or created for Elvis once again proved to be among the most desirable and expensive items. A Black Star Sapphire Ring, worn by Presley and later gifted to
his bodyguard Al Strada, netted $35,000, far exceeding the $10,000-$15,000 pre-auction estimate. In addition, a 1911 Indian Head Gold two-and-a-half-dollar coin and diamond
ring worn by Presley and given to tour promoter Tom Hulett pushed well past the $20,000-$25,000 pre-auction estimate, selling for $40,000.
The mix of items included everything from ticket stubs and signed contracts, to used razors, old guitar cases and even Elvis' pool balls and table chalk.
Elvis auctions will resume in the fall. The next sale is planned for Oct. 29 during the three-day opening celebration for the new hotel, The Guest House at Graceland, and will be
followed by the regularly scheduled January auction during Presley's annual birthday festivities.
The Fifth “Auction At Graceland” During Elvis Week Garners Strong Results From Bidders Worldwide
Brings Over $730,000
August 13, 2016 09:42 PM Eastern Daylight Time
MEMPHIS, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With thousands of fans and pop culture enthusiasts in Memphis for Elvis™ Week celebrating the life and career of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll at
Graceland®, music fans and collectors in Memphis and around the world participated on site and online in hopes of going home with a piece of Elvis history at the fifth “Auction at
Graceland,” which brought over $730,000 today. Presented by Graceland Auctions, the auction was held at the Graceland Archive Studio. All of the items in the auction were
The auction featured rare and unique artifacts expertly authenticated by Graceland Authenticated, including memorabilia from Elvis’ personal life, prized jewelry pieces and movie
costumes. Highlights included the Elvis Presley Birth Record document from delivering physician, which also details the birth of his twin brother Jesse, sold for $87,500; a Black Star
Sapphire ring worn by Elvis and gifted to his bodyguard Al Strada sold for $35,000 on an estimate of $10,000 - $15,000; the red and white western style pants created for Elvis in
his first starring role the 1957 film “Loving You” went for $42,000 on an estimate of $15,00 to $20,000; a 1911 Indian Head Gold $2 ½ Coin and Diamond Ring, which Elvis wore in
the 1970s and gifted to his tour promoter Tom Hulett sold for $40,000 on an estimate of $20,000 - $25,000; a black shirt, pants and gold metal belt ensemble, which Elvis wore circa
1969, sold for $37,500 on an estimate of $12,000 to $15,000; a blue dress shirt Elvis wore in the film “The Trouble With Girls (and how to get into it)” and was featured on the 1970
International Hotel menu topped an estimate of $8,000 to $10,000 and sold for $13,750; 24 of Elvis’ pool balls which included table chalk from Graceland with invoices and a signed
check from his father Vernon sold for $15,000 on an estimate of $6,000 to $8,000; and an Elvis’ custom Karate Gi used to design the McCormick “Elvis Karate” Bourbon decanter
and an original decanter sold for $25,000 on an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000;
For a complete list of all items and final sale prices visit http://auction.graceland.com/catalog.aspx.
|The first written document to feature Elvis (or Evis) Aaron Presley and still born older twin brother is now in the hands of Graceland for $87,500