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On Saturday, there was another Auction at Graceland, with personal belongings of Elvis Presley up for sale, including guns, credit cards, clothes, and jewelry. Elvis Presley
Enterprises held the Auction at Graceland in celebration of Elvis Presley’s birthday and as part of a weekend of festivities. It was also the sixth Elvis Presley sale from Graceland
Auctions. In 2014, Graceland Auctions launched their authentication services.
The Elvis Presley auction took place inside the Guest House at Graceland, and there were 160 pieces of Elvis Presley memorabilia up for auction on Saturday, according to USA
Today. Bidding happened live, but there was also bidding over the internet as well as the telephone.
The Auction at Graceland lasted for two hours and brought in $330,531 in sales at its conclusion.
Part of the annual Elvis birthday weekend festivities, the event was the sixth official sale from Graceland Auctions -- whose authentication service was launched in 2014 – featuring
Presley-owned and connected items from various personal collections and estates.
The bidding started with a 1953 Humes high school yearbook signed by Presley which sold for sold for $4,000.
But the focus was on a series of bigger ticket items, specifically a collection of jewelry Presley gifted to his longtime friend and aide Charlie Hodge.
A gold and diamond Lion Head ring given to Hodge netted $37,500, tripling its pre-auction estimate to become the top grosser of the sale.
Two other pieces owned by Hodge — a gold and sapphire ring, and a 1911 “Indian Head” gold coin ring — each brought in $9,375.
Another gold and diamond “Pyramid Ring” sold for $8,125.
Beyond jewelry, another favored gift of Presley’s — firearms — figured in the day’s sale, with a “Police Positive Special” .32 caliber pistol, given to his bodyguard Richard Grob,
doubled its pre-auction estimate with a final sale price of $10,625.
Images of Elvis were also a hot item on Saturday, with a selection of Terry Wood photos chronicling Presley’s September 1956 concert in his hometown of Tupelo, Miss., earning
Original 35 mm negatives of a Presley jam session with guitarist Scotty Moore (who died last year), went for $6,250, on a pre-auction estimate of $2,000.
A archive of photos from Trude Forsher – Presley’s and manger Col. Tom Parker’s personal secretary — went for $6,250 on a $1,500 estimate.
Interest was also strong for a mix of items owned and used by Presley personally, including a diamond cluster cocktail ring ($13,750),
A platinum album award for “Aloha from Hawaii” ($9,375),
A blue suede jacket ($4,750),
A 1970s Union 76 credit card ($3,375),
And a card certifying him as a sixth degree black belt in karate ($2,375).
While fans of Elvis Presley celebrated his birthday by buying items being auctioned at Graceland on Saturday, the International Business Times also reported that on what would
have been Presley’s 82nd birthday, there were still conspiracy theories surrounding Elvis and people who believed that his death was really a hoax.
Last month, for instance, one theory began making the rounds online which purported that Elvis Presley had even appeared in the background of the movie Home Alone, which
was released in 1990.
While conspiracy theories about Elvis Presley may continue, many of his fans were very pleased on Saturday to finally own Elvis memorabilia through the Auction at Graceland.
|GRACELAND AUCTION RAKES IN $330,531
January 11, 2017 - Commercial Appeal / Elvis Express Radio