Elvis Versus an Evil Villian

What does the 2016 Presidential campaign have to do with Elvis? Nothing, but I had some fun with it, anyway.

Donald Trump Talking about Big E and the Santa Man

Ah, yes. The villain that Elvis (called Big E by his North Pole friends) and Santa Claus have to battle to save Christmas in my book, BIG E and the SANTA MAN.

BIG E and the SANTA MAN Cover


Two weeks ago, I revealed the villain is Scrooge. However, in last year’s promotion, I never mentioned him because it would require a lengthy explanation. After all, Scrooge was last seen in the 1850s, and now I’ve got him alive and kicking in 1977. How can that be?


There aren’t any illustrations in the book, but this picture embodies the despicable traits of Scrooge. Here is an excerpt from the book where Santa tells Big E about how Scrooge reverts back to hating Christmas more than ever.

“So, what’s the story on Scrooge? He couldn’t be around after all these years. And he ended up liking Christmas anyway, didn’t he?”
Santa breathed deeply. “Well, yes he did. In fact, Scrooge truly loved Christmas for several years. But then something happened.” Santa paused. “Look, Big E, don’t ask me how I know this, but I’ll tell you what changed Scrooge and made him hate Christmas again.”
“The next year after Scrooge had his awakening to the joys of Christmas, he walked around to nearby homes in the city and gave out presents to people he knew. The following year, he bought three times as many gifts and hired a staff to wrap them all. Then they loaded the packages on a wagon. Scrooge walked proudly in front of the wagon, and gave Christmas presents to many, many people.”
“This sounds okay so far,” said Big E.
“Yes, but Scrooge grew compulsive about giving Christmas presents. The next year he had his staff post notices all over town about an event he would have on Christmas Eve in the town square. The announcement said he would give out thousands of presents. But this time he stood on one of the wagons and threw the presents into the crowd. The huge mass of people got greedy and fought over the packages. After that, Scrooge got even more bizarre. He decided he wanted to be the one who delivered the presents at Christmas… to every boy and girl in the world.”
Big E shook his head. “Sounds like trouble.”
“It was,” Santa said. “One day he showed up here at the North Pole in an elaborate sled pulled by a dozen huskies. Scrooge had decided he wanted to buy me out and told me to name my price. I told him I didn’t want to retire because I love what I do. I refused him. Then he argued with me and got kind of nasty. I finally had to tell him to leave the North Pole and never come back.”
“He didn’t get physical, did he?”
“No, but he was furious. As he stormed off, he said, ‘You’ll be sorry for this. If I can’t deliver the presents on Christmas Eve, I’ll make sure you can’t either.’ As he drove away, Scrooge shouted a lot of rambling gibberish, like he had totally flipped out.”


Scrooge's Space Station above the North Pole

Here is the explanation of how Scrooge ends up in a space station hovering over the North Pole where he will launch his plan to ruin Christmas. This time it is Scrooge speaking to his henchman Weasel (more on Weasel in two weeks).

Weasel wrinkled his brow. “How did you get this spacecraft?”
“Oh, that’s easy. I bought it on the black market.”
A quizzical look appeared on Weasel’s face. “There’s a black market for space ships?”
“Hmmph, there’s a black market for everything.”
“It must have cost plenty. Where’d you get all the money?”
“With gold. A long, long time ago, I sold my business and converted most of the cash into gold. Then I buried it before I began my quest. You wouldn’t believe how much the price had gone up when I finally went back and retrieved it.”
“Your quest? What was that?”
“My quest for magic… sorcery, actually. I knew if I was going to beat Santa at his game, I would need to put some kind of evil spell on him.”
“Wow.” Weasel’s eyes grew large and he looked intrigued. “I gotta hear about this quest.”
“Actually, it didn’t turn out so well. I went to Haiti and searched for a Voodoo doctor who could teach me his dark arts. I thought I had found the perfect guy, but he turned out to be a phony that was just trying to rip me off. Then I went to China and found a mysterious old magician who was supposed to have all sorts of special powers. This time, I was cautious and had him show me what he could do. He did all these grand demonstrations, but I was able to figure out his tricks. Big charlatan. I couldn’t get any sorcery from him, either.”
“Man, you’re right. It didn’t go good at all.”
“Then it really got worse.” The old man let out a sigh. “I went back to England and managed to find out about a weird scientist who lived alone in a gloomy palace. There were rumors he had vanquished his enemies by putting curses on them. So, I traveled to see him, and I’ll tell you, he was scary. He had the most evil eyes I ever saw. I told him what I was trying to get, and he just laughed at me. That made me mad and we argued, and I yelled some unfortunate epithets at him. And, you know what that bastard did?”
“He put a spell on me. I was under his complete control, like a slave. He made me work as his assistant doing all kinds of weird scientific experiments. The only good thing I got out of his spell was that I never got any older. He didn’t either, so he thought he was set forever with a captive slave assistant.”
“Man, how long did that last?”
“About a hundred and twenty years. Until he became big enemies with another mad scientist. But this guy didn’t mess around with spells. He just shot him, and when he died my curse was broken.”
“Yes, yes.” Weasel seemed genuinely happy.
“So, I was free, I knew everything there was about science, and when I dug up my gold, I was incredibly rich.”
“And you still hated Santa?”
“Oh, yes. That never went away while I was under the spell. I came out just as determined to keep him from delivering the presents at Christmas. Then, I realized I didn’t need to cast a spell to stop Santa. I had the knowledge and the means to do it myself. So I bought this spacecraft and hired you Humbahs to be my crew.”
“And in a few weeks we get to carry out your plan to ruin Christmas.”


They say a good villain is a must for a successful novel, and Scrooge fills the bill nicely in BIG E and the SANTA MAN. In fact, two of the five reviews on Amazon specifically mention Scrooge. Now you’ll know what they are talking about.

Big E and the Santa Man Page on Amazon


So how about it? Are you ready to read how Elvis and Santa battle Scrooge to save Christmas?

Are you ready to read the strangest Christmas story ever written?

Are you ready to tell someone in your family to go on Amazon and buy this book to give you at Christmas?


Hillary Clinton on Big E and the Santa Man


Click here to go to Amazon and order BIG E and the SANTA MAN.


Thank you,


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Fun With Elvis Pictures

Ever since I started ElvisBlog in 2005, I have collected thousands of Elvis pictures off the internet. Most of them are movie shots, candid photos, concert pictures, etc. But some are just strange Elvis stuff that caught my fancy. Like this:

Elvis/ Mickey Mouse Stamp

This is somebody’s concept for a postage stamp combining Elvis and Walt Disney Characters.


So, I have selected a couple dozen like this and grouped pairs of similar themed pictures.

Bad Elvis Hats:

Bad Elvis Hat 2

Elvis Ballcap on Backwards

This shot of Elvis with a baseball cap on backwards and inside-out is a rare one you may not have seen before.


Elvis in Other Rock Bands:

Elvis and KISS

Elvis and Metallica

You probably had no trouble recognizing KISS in the first picture. This one is Metallica.


Mixing Elvis and Candy:

PEZ Elvis

Elvis / M&M Christmas Ornaments

I must admit I have bought both the Elvis PEZ and the Elvis/M&M Christmas ornaments.


Elvis at the Beach:

Elvis on the Beach

Elvis on the Beach with Priscilla

Gee, Elvis, what are you doing to Priscilla here?


Animals as Elvis:

Wolf Elvis

Octopus Elvis

I have drawings of 17 different kinds of animals, birds, and fish as Elvis, including this octopus.


Best Elvis Movie Kisses:

Elvis Kissing Michele Carey in Live a Little

Elvis Kissing Marilyn Mason in The Trouble with Girls

Did you figure out that the women are Michele Carey in Live A Little, Love A Little, and Marilyn Mason in The Trouble With Girls.


Bad Hair Day:

Elvis Wild Hair

Elvis After Karate Workout

In Elvis’ defense, this shot was snapped after a Karate workout.


Bad Clothing Day:

Elvis Bad Clothing 1

Elvis Bad Outfit

What was Elvis thinking when he put this on?


Graphic Presentation Using Elvis Silhouettes:

Elvis in the 50s

World's Greatest Elvis

I just love this last one.


Elvis Impersonator Losers:

Jumping Elvis Impersonator

Unfortunately, I have photos of way too many of these guys.

Fat Elvis Impersonator

How does that big belt stay up?


Elvis and Jesus:

Elvis Jesus 1

Elvis Jesus 2

I have a surprisingly large file of these images, too.


Elvis Caricatures:

Elvis Big Chin

Elvis Sick in Bed

These are two good ones. I won’t post any of the fat, bloated Elvis ones, but dozens of artists had to be cruel and draw them. Not funny.


 Shower Shot:

Elvis in the Shower

Elvis in Shower Scene with Michele Carey

Michele Carey again. I must like her.


 Rare Elvis Photos You Might Not Have Ever Seen Before:

Elvis in Store

Elvis and Tall Mic

Do you think they got that mic up high enough?


Funny Photoshop Picture:

Elvis Watching Two Girls Kiss

I’ve had this one for years but could never figure out a way to use it. Do you recognize Brittany Spears and Madonna?


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They’re Baaaack…..

Last year the theme to promote BIG E and the SANTA MAN was:

The perfect Christmas gift for Elvis fans.


That’s still true… but this year’s theme is:

The most unusual Christmas story ever written.

BIG E and the SANTA MAN Cover

After the wonderful response by Elvis fans last year, I couldn’t wait to bring BIG E and the SANTA MAN back for the 2016 Christmas season.

So, what’s all this about it being the most unusual Christmas story ever written?

When a novel starts with Elvis going to the North Pole to live with Santa, you know it’s going to be different. Then there’s the extraordinary explanations for all the magic of Santa’s Christmas Eve journey (flying reindeer, for example, and how Santa can deliver presents all over the world in one night). Notice the North Pole behind Elvis (or Big E as he prefers to be called) in the cover picture? It’s not just a marker. In this story, the North Pole collects and stores wondrous powers, then Santa draws on them for Christmas Eve.


Next, because this is a Rock & Roll Christmas Fantasy, it has to have music. Big E teaches a group of elves to play guitar and they form a kick-ass rock band called The ELVI’s (pronounced elv-eyes). In keeping with the strangest Christmas story ever written idea, I channeled The ELVI’s after another band you may recognized.

The ELVI's


If all that wasn’t strange enough, I chose a character already connected with Christmas to be the villain.


If you recognize Scrooge in this picture, that’s right. Except, in BIG E and the SANTA MAN, he doesn’t have a quill pen and candle. Now he’s got a spaceship hovering over the North Pole filled with the latest scientific gear.

In a future post I will include a page or two from the book that explains how Scrooge is still around 125 years after he was first introduced to us in Christmas literature. And why he hates Christmas even more than before. So much, in fact, that he has hatched a wicked plot to ruin it

BIG E and the SANTA MAN contains good magic from the North Pole and bad magic from Scrooge. The book’s heros also have some nifty sci-fi goodies, especially the jet-powered flying sled the elves build for Big E.

Jet Sled

It’s in the jet-sled that Santa and Big E do battle with Scrooge to save Christmas, and the epic struggle goes back and forth right up to the end.

There is one thing about the story I would like to think is not so strange. It is the portrayal of Big E as a surrogate son to Santa and Mama Claus. They become a tight-knit family with true love for each other. Knowing Elvis’ personality, it’s easy to believe he also becomes fast friends with all the elves. Finally, if you think Elvis had the inherent qualities to be a fearless, action hero, you will love his exploits in BIG E and the SANTA MAN.

There is a big improvement in the marketing of the book this year. As you can see, it can now be purchased on Amazon. Last year, the only way to get it was to send your personal check to my home address. I think that probably turned off some potential buyers.

Amazon Big E Page


Please note the Amazon options include a Kindle e-book for just $2.99. A number of Elvis fans in Europe asked about this last year. Also, if you want a low cost way to read BIG E and the SANTA MAN before ordering multiple copies to give as Christmas gifts to your Elvis friends, here it is. (The record last year was eleven copies, and the lady who ordered them said everyone who got the book loved the gift.)



Some folks prefer signed copies when they buy books, so I have set up a PayPal account to accommodate that. You just notify me by email (philarnold@charter.net) that you want the book and any special inscription you would like. Then, I submit a Money Request to PayPal. They process the sale and let me know, so I can sign the book and send it to you.


So, how about it? Are you ready to read about Elvis in the strangest, most fascinating Christmas story written? If so, BIG E and the SANTA MAN is the book for you.

Click here to go to Amazon.com.


Thank you,

Phil Arnold

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Elvis at the Gates of…

Elvis at the Graceland Gates

All Elvis fans recognize the gates of Graceland, but did you know he once owned another home in California with often-photographed gates.


Elvis Presley House 1174 Hillcrest Dr

I recently found this aerial-photo of Elvis’ former home at 1174 Hillcrest Drive in Beverly Hills. It was posted in April by a realty firm selling the house for $30 million dollars. In an ElvisBlog post back in 2011, a different realty firm was offering it as a rental for $25,000 per month.

The new view of this fabulous house and its hefty price tag prompted me to scan the internet for more pictures and there turned out to be many. We’ll look at a few, interspersed with related comment.


Elvis - Front Door of Hillcrest Dr

The most common pictures of Elvis’ house in posh Toursdale Estates usually showcase the front door. One modern-day realtor describes the design as Hollywood Regency mid-century modern, whatever that is. I wonder what it was called back when Elvis lived there. He bought it in May, 1967 for $400,000.


Elvis - Front Door of Hillcrest Place, Night

Here’s a night shot of the front door from a different angle.


Elvis Hillcrest Dr Driveway -Parking Lot

This shot was taken farther down the driveway/parking lot. You can see the front door in profile and the gate in the open position. These are modern day photos. Let’s take a look at this area back in Elvis’ day.


Elvis' cars at Hillcrest Court

That’s Elvis’ Stutz Bearcat in front. Of course the foliage here was different than that shown on the other photos taken nearly sixty years later. The gate appears to have a metal panel behind the bars at this time..


ETA Donnie Edwards Checking out Renovations at Elvis' Hillcrest Dr Home

And here are the gates closed during renovations back in 2013. Almost looks like an Elvis sighting, doesn’t it? Actually that is Elvis tribute artist Donny Edwards.


Elvis Fan Waiting at the Gates of Hillcrest Ct

And here is a determined fan on a vigil to catch Elvis coming through the gate.


Now I would like to present a montage of photos of Elvis at the gates of 1174 Hillcrest Drive in Toursdale Estates, Beverly Hills, CA. All appear to be fan-taken shots that have been posted on the internet over the years.


Elvis Looking Good at Hillcrest Dr Gates

Elvis Close Up Shot Through Gates at Hillcrest Dr

This appears to be the beard Elvis grew for his part in the 1968 movie Charro.


Elvis and Fan at Hillcrest Dr Gates

Elvis in Fancy Scarf at Hillcrest Dr Gate

Elvis with Beard Looking Through Gates at Hillcrest Dr

Elvis Outside the Gates at Hillcrest Dr

Here Elvis is beyond the open gate and photographed from behind by a fan.


Elvis with an Elvis Impersonator at Hillcrest Dr Gates

The website where I found this photo said the other guy was an Elvis impersonator. Did they really start as early as 1968?


Elvis at Hillcrest Dr Gates


More Elvis at Hillcrest Dr Gates


Elvis Walking up Driveway at Hillcrest Dr


Elvis with Fans at Hillcrest Dr Gates

elvis Kissing Fans at Hillcrest Dr Gates

This fan picture seems to have been taken during the period when the gates had the panels behind the bars.



Fans at Graceland Gates

How many millions of pictures do you think have been snapped of Elvis fans at the gates of Graceland? It has to be a staggering number. But if you’re ever in Los Angeles and you drive up to Beverly Hills and check out 1174 Hillcrest Drive, you might just run into some other Elvis fans there, too.

Gates at 1174 Hillcrest Dr



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A Look at One of Young Elvis’ Favorite Haunts

Good Home Style Eating at the Arcade Restaurant

There are many ways in which ElvisBlog topics are generated. As you know, some are deeper looks at subjects that appear on Graceland.com/news. Also, regular readers sometimes send me a link to stuff on the internet that lends itself to a blog article.


Elvis Style Book Cover

And sometimes I am sent a comp copy of a new Elvis book about to be released. ElvisBlog does not make a practice of giving free publicity for things. However, if a book contains something unique that I can build a blog article around, I’ll go with it.

From the subtitle of the book Elvis Style, you would think it is all about Elvis fashion. Indeed, the 90+ pages on his clothing are incredibly complete – well written and full of great photos. But it was in Chapter 3 – Elvis Food – that I found something unknown to me a possibly to you as well.


Arcade Restaurant

No discussion of Elvis’ food preferences is complete without a page or two on his favorite, the fried peanut butter and banana sandwich. Author Zoey Goto wrote in Elvis Style:

“The Arcade Restaurant in Memphis continues to be the Elvis sandwich temple, as fans from across the globe flock to sample their fried peanut butter and banana sandwich in the original booth where Elvis once sat.”

Elvis' Booth at Arcade Restaurant

Elvis’ Booth at Arcade Restaurant

The Arrow Marks Elvis' Favorite Booth at Arcade Restaurant

The Arrow Marks Elvis’ Favorite Booth

“Elvis was a regular visitor in the 50s, often accompanied by the Memphis disc jockey Dewey Phillips. The duo would sit at a booth at the back of the restaurant, conveniently located next to the back door in case Elvis had to make a dash from his enthusiastic fans.”

Elvis’ favorite booth next to back door at Arcade Restaurant

Elvis’ favorite booth next to back door

Henry Zepatos, the third generation owner of the Arcade, says that although the peanut butter and banana sandwich is one of the most popular items on the menu, when Elvis visited he would actually come in for traditional Southern cooking – meat and vegetables. He also liked black-eyed peas and mashed potatoes.

Arcade Restaurant Current Sandwich Menue

Portion of Current Arcade Restaurant Menu Showing Sandwiches

View from Elvis’ favorite booth at Arcade Restaurant

View from Elvis’ favorite booth.

The Arcade has the honor of being Memphis’ oldest restaurant, having opened in 1919. It has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Arcade Restaurant on National Register of Historic Places


Since 1925, the Arcade has undergone very little change. In fact, the counter was replaced only after repeated elbow rubbing wore through the plastic laminate.

Worn Counter top at Arcade Restaurant

Speros Zepatos founded the diner in 1919 after emigrating from Cephalonia, Greece. Situated at the corner of South Main Street and G.E. Patterson, the original building was a small, one story, wood framed building. Food was actually cooked on potbelly stoves. In 1925, Speros tore down the wood structure and built the Arcade Building in a Greek revival style, complete with retail stores to signify the “Arcade” name.

His son, Harry Zepatos, took the Arcade to a new level in the 1950’s. He made the cafe into the hip, fifties diner you see today. The interior design and furnishings, the spectacular neon signage, and original storefront have all stood the test of time.

Arcade Restaurant Neon Sign

As you look around this old part of Memphis, it still has the same look and feel that it did many years ago. The neighborhood buildings have been refurbished, yet the old-time charm still exists.


Walk the Line and Great Balls of Fire

It is interesting that movies about two of Elvis’ contemporaries at Sun Records, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, have included scenes shot at the Arcade Restaurant. The diner’s nostalgic feeling has attracted many other movie makers. Some of the films with scenes shot at the Arcade include Mystery Train, The Client, The Firm, 21 Grams, and others.


Arcade Restaurant Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

This is a photo of the peanut butter and banana sandwich served by the Arcade Restaurant. There is a video on their website that shows how they make it. Next time you visit Graceland, you might want to take a side trip to order this specialty at the Arcade.


Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special Black Leather Outfit

And if you want to take a detailed look at Elvis’ wardrobe, check out Elvis Style by Zoey Goto. As said above, it also contains a section on Elvis food, plus his jewelry, his hair, his cars, and even the architecture of three Elvis homes.

The book ends with a chapter on Elvis’ legacy in modern-day fashion. Zoey has said she’s really up for me reproducing the chapter (with lots of photos) on a future ElvisBlog post. She is a famous fashion and design journalist, so she has unique insight into Elvis’ tangible and direct influence on fashion almost 40 years after his passing. You can be sure I’ll be taking her up on this opportunity.



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Elvis’ Fabulous Rings — Part 7

Elvis Presley's Pyramid Ring in Case

In the last two two auctions I’ve followed this year, eleven rings owned by Elvis have come up for sale. We will probably never know exactly how many he had over the years, but with this post, ElvisBlog will have covered over sixty-five in the Elvis’ Fabulous Rings series.

The first eight rings here were offered at the Julien’s Rock Icons Auction in May 2016.


Yellow Canary Irradiated Diamond Ring:

Elvis Presley's Yellow Canary Irrddiated Diamond Ring


I didn’t know what irradiated diamond meant, so I looked it up on Wikipedia. Who knew that bombardment by protons and deuterons via a cyclotron had anything to do with jewelry? These high-energy particles physically alter the diamond’s crystal lattice, producing more intense colors. We can imagine when Elvis first learned about irradiated diamond rings he just had to have one.

This one contains a 1.75 ct full-cut diamond surrounded with 16 round diamonds, approximately .65 cts. The ring is set in 14k yellow gold band weighing 16 grams.

The auction website estimated the ring would sell for $10-12,000. The bidding topped out at $10,000 plus the 28% auction house fee for a total cost of $12,800.


Diamond Ring:

Elvis Presley's Diamond Ring

Here’s a beauty with 29 round full-cut diamonds totaling 1.45 cts mounted on an oval dome.  The 14k yellow gold setting weighs 20 grams.  The pre-auction estimate was $10-12,000, but the top bidder shelled out $15,360 to get it.

Chieftain Ring:

Elvis Presley's Chieftan Ring

Although this ring looks like silver, it is 14k gold.  The chieftain features a round emerald accenting the headdress.  Two full-cut diamonds are his eyes, and thirteen others totaling .75 cts complete the headdress.
Elvis Presley's Chieftain Ring -- Top View
The auction website does not state the weight of this 14k gold ring, but it is huge.  It’s hard to see it in this photo of Elvis wearing it, but you can get an idea of the size.
 Elvis Wearing Chieftain Ring
This is the second time the Chieftain ring has sold at Julien’s Auctions.  In 2011, the buyer paid $15,360.   It sold for $19,375 in 2016, but remember, that price includes the auction house premium.  After taking that out, the seller barely broke even.

Three-Tiered Diamond Ring with E.P. Engraved on Interior of the Band:

Elvis Pesley's Three-Tiered Diamond Ring with E.P. Engraved on Interior of the Band
Elvis wore this ring on stage, but he had trouble keeping it on his finger.  He handed it to bodyguard Dave Hebler during a performance at the Lake Tahoe Sahara.  When Hebler tried to return it, Elvis told him to just keep it.  Elvis was very generous giving his rings away, especially stunning ones like this.  36 round-cut diamonds totaling 2.40 grams.  And mounted on a 14k gold band weighing 24.3 grams.  We can assume the engraved E.P. on the interior of the band added to its value, and it went for $20,480.  I think if this ring had been offered at the Auction at Graceland three months later, it probably would have gone for much more.

Diamond Circular Ring:

Elvis Presley's Diamond Circular Ring
This is another loose-fitting ring Elvis gave to Dave Hebler.  It has seven full-cut diamonds weighing 1.05 cts.  The band is 14k gold weighing 9.8 grams.  The pre-auction estimate of $10-12,000 was right on the money as the winning bid came in at $12, 800 including the auction house premium.

Three-Channel Diamond Ring:

Elvis Presley's Three-Channel Diamond Ring
This ring went for the same $12,800 price as the previous one, but it seems to be a superior ring.  It contains 25 full-cut diamonds totaling 1.25 cts.  The band is 14k gold weighing 10 grams.  The reason it didn’t go for more is hinted in the auction website description.  It says it was owned by Elvis, but makes no mention that he wore it.  Because it came from the estate of his Vernon Presley, it seems like Elvis bought this ring to gift to his father.

Kempo Karate Ring:

Elvis Presley's Kempo Karate Ring
Not every Elvis ring at the Heritage Rock Icons Auction was a winner.  This 14k white gold ring had a pre-auction estimate price of $20-40,000, which would mean an opening bid of $10,000.  Apparently no bidder thought it was even worth that.  There are no diamonds or other jewels.  I guess nobody was that impressed with a ring showing a dueling tiger and dragon in high-relief.

Pyramid Ring:

Elvis Presley's Pyramid Ring
The first photo at the start of this article is another view of Elvis’ pyramid ring.  The auction website said, “With the exception of the TCB ring, this may be the most exquisite ring Elvis owned.”  They also call it oversized, and that is no exaggeration.  The 14k white-gold band weighs a staggering 47.5 grams.  Then there is a .40ct full-cut round diamond in the top of the pyramid shape.  Finally, there are 76 pavé-set diamonds covering the concave sloping sides.  Elvis wore this ring at many performances and then gave it to Dr. George Nichopoulas.
The pre-auction estimate was $30-50,000 which seems reasonable.  For some reason, the ring did not appear in the published results.  Surely, it couldn’t have been because nobody met the minimum bid.  More likely, the owner pulled it from the auction.  In my opinion, if he waits until the next Auction at Graceland, he will get the price he is hoping for.
Speaking of the Auction at Graceland, the most recent was held on August 14 during Elvis Week in Memphis.  I have stated before that Elvis memorabilia goes for higher prices here than at other auctions.  See what you think about these three rings.

Black Star Sapphire Ring:

Elvis Presley's Black Star Sapphire Ring -- Side View
Elvis liked sapphires and coin rings in particular, and several of each have been shown in the Elvis’ Fabulous Rings series.  For some reason the auction website did not list separate stats on the stone and band, but together they weighed in at 21.6 grams.  The nugget-style setting is 14k gold.
Elvis Presley's Black star Sapphire Ring
The pre-auction was just $10-15,000, but when the dust settled after 25 bids, this black star sapphire ring sold for $35,000.

 1911 Indian Head Gold $2½ Coin and Diamond Ring:

Elvis Presley's 1911 Indian Head Gold $2-1/2 and Diamond Ring
The auction website says Elvis was known to adorn his fingers with multiple rings during his performances.  Because this one is only a size 6-1/2, it would have fit on only his pinky finger.  All the other rings covered in this article were sizes between 9 and 11.  In addition to the coin, the band contains 15 grams of 14k of yellow gold.  The face of the ring is surrounded by 24 diamonds.  The pre-auction estimate was $20-25,000, but bidding topped out at a cool $40,000.

Horsehead Ring:

Elvis Presley's Ugly Horsehead Ring
I featured this ring in a blog post a month ago on the Auction at Graceland.  In it, I questioned the rings visual appeal and said it looked weird.   Bidders apparently thought so, too, because it went for $12,800, well below the previous two beauties.  I see a pattern where returns are better at the Auction at Graceland, but a ring still has to look good to bring in the big bucks.
Taking a Second Look:  Back in January, in Part 6, I said, “I think this is one of the ugliest rings presented in this series.  Well, I got an email from the man who bought the ring for $16,750 at the January 2016 Auction at Graceland.   He said, “I would like to change your mind.”  And he did.

Aztec Ring:

Elvis Aztec Ring -- Poor Views
These are the pictures from the auction website.  The buyer insisted. “The pictures of the auction house did not do it justice.  There was not a picture from its best angle, the front!”   He sent me this.
Elvis Presley's Aztec Ring -- Front View
I can’t imagine why the auction house didn’t take a shot from this angle, but that omission probably enabled the buyer to get it for less.  His email said, “There is also an enormous amount of detail in the ring. Of course we have the Maya calendar God on one side, There is a complete Maya village on the top of the ring in miniature, then a big temple with in the middle the roof for the sun worship
I can’t see all that in the photos, but I’m sure you can looking at the actual ring up close.
Now, If the buyer of that ugly horsehead ring would send me a picture showing it from an angle making it look good, I’ll be happy to publish that, too.
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Live Long and Prosper


The original Star Trek TV series premiered on September 8, 1966. Since then, we can certainly say that Star Trek has prospered.



Although Elvis left us in 1977, we can also say he has prospered.

So what does Elvis have to do with Star Trek? There are more connections than you would think. We will celebrate Star Trek’s 50th anniversary here… Elvis style.



Thanks to those talented Photoshop jockeys, we see what Captain Elvis T. Kirk would look like.



And here we have Spock Elvis. Or is it Elvis Spock?



Well, let’s see. If this is Elvis Spock, I guess the other has to be Spock Elvis.



Study this one for a minute. Somebody has morphed Elvis heads onto all the male characters in Star Trek: The Next Generation. How do you like bald Elvis as Captain Picard. He looks better than I would have expected. My other favorite is Elvis as Worf. And it was pretty clever to have Lisa Marie as Counselor Troi and Priscilla as Dr. Crusher.



Here’s a nice shot of Elvis as Captain Kirk.


Nixon with William Shatner as Elvis

And in an opposite switch, William Shatner replaces Elvis in the iconic photo with Nixon. I now have 28 Photoshopped variations of the famous Elvis/Nixon photo. There’s more out there, but I’ll have to explore many Strange New Worlds in the Google Galaxy to find them.


The Elvis - Star Trek Connection

Back in 2009, I posted a two-part series on the Elvis / Star Trek Connection. It featured eight actresses who appeared in both Star Trek episodes and Elvis movies. Now is the perfect occasion to post them again (with a few updates).



Some of you may have met Celeste Yarnall at an Elvis Week, because she has become something of a regular guest there these past few years.  She appeared briefly in Live A Little, Love a Little, from 1968, just four films from the end of the Elvis movie string.  His movies were starting to get bad, but this one was so stupid it was funny.



Yarnall played Ellen, a model he met at a party.  One of the ways Elvis (Gary Nolan) convinced her to come back to his apartment with him was by singing, “A Little Less Conversation.”

When Elvis gets her home, Bernice, another woman with an eye on Elvis, creates a ruckus while vacuuming, totally breaking the mood.  Ellen gets mad and insists Elvis take her home.

One year earlier, Celeste Yarnall appeared in a Star Trek episode titled, “The Apple.”  Instead of being hit on by Elvis, this time it was Ensign Chekov.

She escaped Checkov’s advances, and later, Captain Kirk consoled her by showing her his giant horn.



Teri Garr appeared in six Elvis movies:

Kissin’ Cousins  1963
Fun in Acapulco  1963
Viva Las Vegas  1964
Roustabout   1964
Girl Happy   1965
Clambake   1967

However, her screen time was not as an actress.  At this early point in her career, she was a dancer trying to break into acting.

Teri Garr in a scene from Viva Las Vegas

Blow up of Teri Garr in that scene


Teri Garr in Roustabout

Teri Garr in Kissin’ Cousins

Teri Garr Dancing in Girl Happy

Teri Garr dancing in Girl Happy

There has been some argument among Elvis fans about whether the girl in this and other dancing sceens was really Teri Garr.  The detail just wasn’t sharp enough to be sure.

Teri Garr in jail in Girl Happy

It was your ElvisBlogmeister that finally proved she appeared in Girl Happy. Remember how Elvis landed in the Ft. Lauderdale jail?  I found this shot while doing single frame advance to get to something else.  Note she is wearing the same top as in the dancing shot.


Teri Garr got one of her first acting jobs in Star Trek episode # 55 titled “Assignment Earth.”  Captain Kirk and Spock travelled back in time to 1968 Earth to stop Gary Seven, a villian who was trying to explode an orbital bomb over Asia.  Teri Garr played Roberta Lincoln, a ditzy blond in a very short mini-skirt who was hired by a henchman of Gary Seven to supposedly develop a new ecyclopedia.  In the end, she became suspicious and helped save Earth.


yvonne craig:


Most Elvis fans know she was one of the Tatum sisters in Kissin’ Cousins, but she appeared in an earlier Elvis movie in a small part.  Yvonne Craig had a small role in It Happened at the World’s Fair, released in 1963.  She played Dorothy Johnson, a love interest of Elvis’ character, Mike Edwards.  While her scene with Elvis was short, it could be called pretty hot, as you can see by these stills.

Two movies later, Yvonne Craig showed up in a much larger role in Kissin’ Cousins.  Do you think Elvis might have really liked her first performance and put in a good word for her?   Anyway, she played Azalea Tatum, who had to fight with her sister Selena for Elvis’ attention (Air Force Captain Josh Morgan).  Azalea finally ends up the winner in the Elvis sweepstakes.


These roles were tame compared to her character in a Star Trek episode in 1967: “Whom Gods Destroy.”  Yvonne Craig played Marta, a green-skinned inmate at the Federation asylum on Elba ll.  She was delusional, seductive and skilled in exotic dance.   The evil Garth of Izar coerced her to carry out a plot to assassinate Captain Kirk.  

She got alone with Kirk, started to seduce him, and then pulled a knife and tried to stab him.  He fought her off, and Spock arrived to help subdue her.    After the failed assassination attempt, her master, Garth of Izar, ended her life by blowing her to bits with a new explosive.



laurel Goodwin:

Laurel Goodwin  played Laurel Dodge, Elvis’ love interest in Girls, Girls, Girls.  Actually, it was more like “the winning love interest,” because Stella Stevens was a former flame that still hoped for a future with Elvis’ character, Ross Carpenter, and she kept popping up throughout the movie.

 The dance that Elvis and Laurel did (pictured above) is one of my favorite scenes from his films.  It must have been difficult to come up with a dance routine that was funny, but this one was.

On Star Trek, Laurel appeared as Yeoman Colt in an episode that contained Spock, but not Captain Kirk or any of the other familiar Enterprise crew members.  That’s because she was in “The Cage,” the one hour pilot that was produced to sell NBC on the series.  Parts of it were used for flashback scenes in a later two-part episode, but “The Cage was not broadcast intact until 1988, twenty years after the series ended.  I like Goodwin’s look in this better than in the Elvis movie.  That’s Jeffrey Hunter as Captain Pike.  Don’t you bet he and Laurel Goodwin would have had significantly better careers if they had kept their roles when the series went into production?


Nancy Kovack:

Nancy Getting Elvis' Eye in Frankie and Johnny

Nancy Kovack also had a major role in an Elvis movie.  She played Nellie Bly, the “losing Elvis love interest” in Frankie and Johnny.  (Not to say Elvis’ movies were formulaic, but do you notice the pattern here?)  Nellie Bly was immortalized in the song as the girl who caused Johnny (Elvis) to do Frankie wrong.  Actually, Johnny just believed Nellie was a good-luck charm for his frequent gambling, but Frankie and the riverboat owner (Nellie’s former boyfriend) thought otherwise.  Skullduggery ensued, and Johnny discovered the real good-luck charm was the one Frankie gave him.  He carried it in his breast pocket, and it saved him from a bullet to the chest.  Of course, Frankie and Johnny got together at the end of the movie, but Nellie did okay too, as she went back to the riverboat owner.


On Star Trek Nancy Kovack played Nona in “A Private Little War,” and got to wear the nifty warrior witch outfit you see above.  Nona was the wife of Tyree, leader of the Hill People on the planet Neural.  However, she wanted power and betrayed him.  She stole Dr. McCoy’s phaser and sought out the leader of a rival faction, but ended up being stabbed to death.

Julie Parrish:

Julie Parrish played Joanna, an employee of the Kahala Hilton hotel in Paradise, Hawaiian Style, but she did not play an Elvis love interest.  However, she was part of a scene that requires much willing suspension of disbelief.  She had Elvis’ character (a helicopter pilot named Rick) transport a consignment of pedigreed dogs to a dog show.  The dogs freaked out and Elvis lost control of the helicopter.  Before he could gain control, he ran a car off the road and into a ditch.  Well, the driver of that car just happened to be a big shot in the Federal Aviation Administration (oops).  Gee, what a coincidence.


Her Star Trek role was as Miss Piper, Starfleet Adjutant to Commodore Mendez on planet Talos lV in the two-part episode “The Menagerie.”  This is the show where parts of “The Cage” were shown in flashback.  Captain Pike was also in the newer plot, but he had been badly disfigured by delta rays.  Fortunately, Julie Parrish’s figure was just fine, and it was well displayed throughout the story.

Emily Banks:

The credits for Live A Little, Love A Little list Emily Banks’ character as “Receptionist.”  I know it’s hard to notice with that voluptuous stand-up occupying so much of the photo above, but look closely, there is a receptionist here.  Hey, Elvis, don’t stare.  Emily Banks fared a bit better with dialogue, as she had enough lines to be the fifth woman listed in the credits.

For her Star Trek appearance in “Shore Leave,” Emily Banks played Yeoman Tonia Barrows and got to do considerably more acting.  When some of the Enterprise crew beamed down to Omicron Delta for badly needed shore leave, a mysterious energy field (they show up at lot, don’t they?) caused strange things to happen individually to each crew member.  For Yeoman Barrows, it was a visit from Don Juan.  Too bad for Dr. McCoy, who thought scoring with her would be the perfect form of R&R.


Tanya Lemani:

Tanya Lemani did not appear in an Elvis movie, but she was featured in the ’68 Comeback Special.  She had significant screen time as a belly dancer in the segment where Elvis sang “Little Egypt.”

She had a much larger part playing Kara in the Star Trek episode “Wolf in the Fold.”  Kirk, McCoy and Scotty beamed down to the hedonistic pleasure planet Argelius II, and went to a favorite café.  Kara’s dancing infatuated them all, especially Scotty.  When she came over to their table, Scotty put his best moves on her and she agreed to leave with him.  As you can see in the picture above, Scotty was really pleased with this development.  Unfortunately, Kara was attacked out on the street and stabbed to death (awww, not that again).


Let’s end this Elvis-style 50th anniversary tribute to Star Trek with him getting a promotion.

Star Trek Commander Elvis

If you look back at the group photo of The Next Generation above, you will note the crew had a serious uniform update from those of the original show.  Will Riker was the Commander in that series, so a photo of him was converted to this. I think Elvis looks perfect in a Commander’s uniform.

And finally, how about a shot with both Elvis and Kirk on it?

Elvis and Kirk with two lovlies



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The Elvis Concert I Would Most Have Liked to See

Elvis and Band Performing at New Frontier Hotel

In March 2015 and again this year, Graceland Blog has presented variations on college basketball’s March Madness betting brackets. They modified them so fans could vote their preference on different elements of Elvis’ career. Remember these?

Elvis Movie Madness:             Winner — Elvis: That’s the Way It Is

Elvis Bracket Challenge:         Winner – “Don’t Be Cruel”

Now Graceland has come up with an interactive concept allowing fans to vote their favorite of two choices in twelve different categories.

Would You Rather - Elvis Edition
You can see three of the twelve choices in the announcement box above. Fans preferred chatting with Gladys over Vernon buy a huge margin, and horses won by a hair over motorcycles. Other interesting choices were: Would you rather receive one of Elvis’ rings or a scarf he wore on stage? (The ring won 78% to 22%. I don’t know why it wasn’t 100% to 0%); Would you rather go for a spin in the Pink Cadillac, or fly in Elvis’ custom jet, the Lisa Marie? (Pink Caddy won, but I feel strongly that a ride in the jet would be way cooler.)

Vote for Elvis' '68 Special or Aloha from Hawaii

The first question in the announcement box made me think. I did vote for the winner, the ’68 Special, but I knew in my heart there was one other Elvis concert I would have strongly preferred over either of the two choices. It was a concert at 2PM on April 28, 1956. Here is the story.

Years ago while surfing the net I found an Associate Press story by Steve Kanigher on LasVegasSun.com that contained some significant facts about Elvis I did not know. The subject was his two-week engagement at the New Frontier Hotel’s Venus Showroom from April 23 to May 6, 1956. What I learned has caused me to question the prevailing belief that Elvis’ shows then were something of a bust and kept him from performing in Las Vegas for the next thirteen years.

Billboard for Elvis' Performance at the New Frontier Hotel

Elvis performed two shows a night, 8PM and midnight. The audience was older types who favored the traditional Las Vegas shows. Freddy Martin’s Band and comedian Shecky Greene fit the standard. But Elvis did not. The patrons just didn’t get him, and Elvis’ appearances were roundly panned by the Las Vegas press.

But one performance was much different. For some reason, Col. Parker decided to add an extra Saturday afternoon matinee show for teenagers on April 28. According to Elvis: Day By Day by Guralnick and Jorgesen the price was a mere one dollar, and that included one free soft drink.

Wow. Think about that for a moment. Suppose you were among the lucky teenagers who came along with Mom and Dad to Vegas that weekend. Can you imagine learning about a special Elvis show being added just for kids while you were there – and freaking out! And it only cost a buck. Sign us all up. We’re headed to the Frontier to see Elvis!

Elvis at New Frontier Hotel

Now, try thinking about how great that show was. We can tell by this description of how these young fans’ reacted to Elvis’ appearance. According to the Associated Press story, “Teens screamed with delight.” This is confirmed by a quote from D J Fontana in Scotty Moore’s biography, That’s All Right, Elvis, “The Colonel did a show for teenagers on Saturday, and it was just jam-packed, with everybody screaming and hollering.”

Scotty and Elvis on stage at New Frontier

Okay, so now we know Elvis had one Vegas show in 1956 with his real fans in attendance, and a fine time was had by all. Of course the teenage fans screamed. That was what they were doing for Elvis all over America in arenas and stadiums. But that Saturday matinee was in the intimate environment of the Venus Showroom at the New Frontier Hotel. Everybody there was up close and personal. No bleachers or nose-bleed section for this show.

Elvis on Stage at New Frontier Hotel


Look how close those kids in the front rows were to Elvis. And those in the back weren’t very far away either. The attendance that day has been reported at a little over 1000 teenagers. This is much less than Elvis had been pulling in at arenas all year leading up to his gig in Las Vegas.

Venus Showroom at New Frontier Hotel

This is obviously not an Elvis performance, but it gives you a good idea of the intimacy of Venus Showroom audience and the performers on stage.

Elvis came to Las Vegas after performing in front of big crowds in large venues. The shrieking at all of them was so loud and so sustained that the music from Elvis and the band couldn’t be heard. I read somewhere that even the band couldn’t hear the music.

But, I doubt the volume of shrieking from the much smaller crowd in the Venus Showroom would had been enough to drown out the music. In that case, those 1,000 young Elvis fans in Las Vegas were not only close to Elvis, they could actually hear him.

Elvis Wth Scotty Moore Performing at Venus Showroom

If I could go back in time and be at just one Elvis concert in his entire career, I would pick the 2PM Saturday matinee at the New Frontier Hotel on April 28, 1956.

Elvis Performing at New Frontier

After a week of facing mature audiences that just did not get him, can you imagine what kind of performance Elvis gave in front of screaming teenaged fans? It was the same one-and-a-half show he gave every night, but the whole vibe had to be different.

Man, I wish I could have been there.



{Editor’s Note: While the photos above were snapped at the Venus Showroom, most were not actually the Elvis concert for teenagers.}


Elvis - Welcome to Las Vegas



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A Rare Look at Elvis Screenplays

Elvis - Change of Habit - Open Script

Movie screenplays are available from a number of different sources. They offer thousands of titles, but one thing you won’t find in their listings is an Elvis screenplay.

Script Fly

Script City

Apparently Elvis collectors long ago snapped up every available copy of the scripts of his movies. So, it was quite a surprise to see nine Elvis screenplays offered at the recent Auction at Graceland. They vary greatly in price for a variety of reasons we will discuss here. They will be presented from cheapest to most expensive.


Wild in the Country:

Elvis - Wild in the Country First Draft Script

The auction website describes this one as remarkable and a rare example of a well-used original first draft screenplay. Bidders obviously thought otherwise because no one would make the minimum bid of $600 ($750 with the Graceland premium added).

Here’s why they shied away. The shabby condition certainly was a factor. Showing signs of heavy use, it is worn along the edges and stained. It also suffered water damage, mostly confined to the cover.

Please note the date of August 7, 1958 on the cover, and the original title, The Lost Country, crossed out and Wild in the Country written in. Elvis didn’t get out of the Army until 1960, so most of the copious use this script received came before Elvis was active in the project.

Elvis - Wild In The Country Movie Poster

While this script wasn’t of much interest to Elvis fans, it may have value to students of film because it contains numerous handwritten notations and amended dialog throughout. One can see how after months (years?) of review and tweaking, an original first draft script can turn into the final version used for filming.



Elvis Movie -Roustabout Script

This script for Roustabout is the final version, so all additions, corrections, and replacements on the first working script have been incorporated. The quality is listed as near-mint.

Elvis - Roustabout Movie Poster

The auction website says this script came from a member of the film crew, so bidders knew Elvis never even touched it. The projected winning price for this Roustabout script was $1,000-1,500, but it generated only the minimum bid of $600 (plus 25%).


Stay Away Joe:

Elvis - Stay Away, Joe Script

The next three screenplays sold for $938 ($750 plus premium), which was a good bit below the estimate of $1,000 – $1,500. Also, there were only two bids placed on each of them, presumably by the same two people in each case.

Elvis - Stay Away Joe Movie Poster

The auction website spent more space talking about the movie Stay Away, Joe than the screenplay. They did explain that it is a later-phase final script with evolution evidenced by “the plethora of blue replacement sheets, used when changes were made, to avoid having to reprint entire scripts and actors having to transcribe their personal notations.”

Blue Pages in Elvis' Stay Away Joe Script

Blue replacement sheet on left, original white script page on right.


Follow That Dream:

Elvis Presley - Follow That Dream Script

Screenplays ae not usually put in a hardback book cover, but this mint-condition version of Follow That Dream was for some reason.

Elvis - Follow That Dream Movie Poster
The interior cover tells us a few interesting things. The number 172 in the upper right corner indicates the large number of copies made of this script. Any number of production and support personnel get copies, not just the actors. You can see the original title was Pioneer, Go Home, with the change to Follow That Dream (Release Title) hand-written above it.

Elvis - Follow That Dream Final Script



Double Trouble:

Elvis - Double Trouble Final Script

This script for Double Trouble has the same tan-colored cover we will see several times in this post. We are told a sticker reading “All the King’s Things” is affixed to the inside back page, but it is not explained and no photo is included. The condition is listed as Very Good to Excellent.

Elvis -Double Trouble 3

One thing of note is the message at the top of the cover: “Please do not lose or destroy this script. Return to Script Department.”

Double Trouble - Close up

Most of the screenplay copies in the auction had a similar notation, sometimes on the inside cover. The studios tried to keep their scripts from leaking out or going missing, but whoever had copy # 133 of Double Trouble got around the rule.


King Creole:

Elvis - King Creole Early Production Screenplay

The next two screenplays sold for $1,500 including the premium, but there doesn’t seem to be any compelling reason for the price jump. This King Creole script did at least have Elvis’ name written on it, but it isn’t stated that he wrote it, so it’s a safe assumption that it was someone else.

Elvis - King Creole Movie Poster

As you can see on the script cover, the title was originally A Stone for Danny Fisher, the same as the title of the Harold Robbins novel it was adapted from.

A Stone for Danny Fisher

That’s not the only thing that changed.

“The story of A Stone for Danny Fisher featured Danny as a boxer in a suburb of Brooklyn, New York. The film was originally written for James Dean, but then it was shelved after his untimely death in September of 1955. In 1957, the idea of the film was resurrected and adjusted for the lead to be played by the wildly popular star, Elvis Presley. The character of Danny was converted from a boxer to a musician, changed to being set in New Orleans and the title was adjusted to King Creole.”

“This working script was truer to the original story than the final version, as Danny dies on the last page, but this was later changed for the film. Perhaps this change was a result of the reaction to Elvis’ character Clint dying in the end of Love Me Tender.”



Elvis - Clambake Script

I’m not sure what made this copy of the Clambake script worth more money than others we’ve looked at, except that it is mint condition. It did get ten bids, so some additional people were interested in it compared to the previous scripts at this auction.

Elvis - Clambake Movie Poster

Elvis -Clambake Script Open

With the blue cover open, we see the kind of information script covers usually contain.


Live A Little, Love A Little:

Elvis - Live A Little Script

It is easy to see why the top bid on this one went to $2,500 – Elvis’ signature on the cover. The auction website states this original production script was Elvis’ personal working copy. But it also sates: “There is a secretarial Elvis signature on the front cover of this script and someone has added the handwritten notation “(I’m Coming)” under the novel’s title in pencil (it cannot be determined if this is in Elvis’ hand).”

Does that mean a secretary signed his name? If so, she did a pretty good job.

Elvis - Live A Little Movie Poster


Change of Habit:

1969 Change of Habit Production Script Signed by Elvis Presley

There is no question why this was the winner for top bid among the screenplays offered at the Auction at Graceland. Just under the Change of Habit title, you can see Elvis’ signature.

Elvis and Barbara McNair

This script is attributed to Barbara McNair, one of Elvis’ costars. Her name is on script cover (shown in the first image of this post), it appears she had a little signing party when filming completed. In addition to Elvis, she got Mary Tyler Moore, Jane Elliot and director William A Graham sign her script. Here’s a look at Elvis’ message to her with some of the adjacent verbiage cut out.

Elvis' message to Barbara McNair

The script and autographs had value added with the inclusion of two copies of shooting call sheets dated April 18, 1969 (the 28th day of shooting) on which sets are listed with the actors’ names and handwritten costume notes.

Elvis Movie Change of Hhabit Poster

If all that wasn’t enough, Change of Habit was Elvis’ last theatrical film, so that probably added some sentimental value and boosted the winning bid up to $4,000, well above the auction estimate.



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Interesting Items at the Latest Auction at Graceland

Elvis Presley Signed Guitar Case

The Auction at Graceland continues to grow and cement its position as the best place to sell your Elvis collectibles. In addition to bringing buyers and sellers together, EPE has introduced another attraction to bring folks to Elvis Week. From just 72 items at the first auction in August 2014, the list of memorabilia grew to 197 lots in the recent August 13, 2016 extravaganza in Memphis.

For the first time that I’m aware of, a nice group of Elvis movie scripts were offered to the public. We will look at these separately in another post in a few weeks. Most of the Elvis autographs, rings, and apparel sold at this auction will show up later as ElvisBlog continues its three popular series on these items of special interest. But that still leaves plenty of goodies to cover here now.

Signed and Inscribed Guitar Case:


Elvis' Autographed Guitar Case

This autographed hard-shell acoustic guitar case has an interesting story. Elvis loved to ride horses, and, in February 1967, he purchased a 163-acre ranch just across the Mississippi state line, naming it “Circle G” after Graceland. Later that year, an auction was held to sell off some excess equipment along with a few personal belongings of Elvis. Two young ladies named Peggy Ferrell and Diana Hoover, roommates at the time, attended this auction. Peggy bid $15 on the battered guitar case, said to be one of the first owned by Elvis.

Somehow, the girls were able to get Elvis to sign the case, “To Peggy and Diana from Elvis Presley” with a bold marker on the inside bottom felt.

Article on the girls with Elvis' Guitar Case

Article on the girls with Elvis’ Guitar Case

Forty-five years later, at an October 2012 Heritage auction, the case sold for $5,000. Fast forward four years, and this signed guitar case sold for $9,375 at the Auction at Graceland. That includes the 25% percent premium for Graceland. The net of $7,500 for the seller made a cool $2,500 profit.

This is a good example of how the Auction at Graceland has raised the bid prices for Elvis memorabilia. Still, scoring a profit doesn’t happen every time, and there has even been a few cases where the resell lost money for the owner. It must be an intriguing mystery to figure out what items are underpriced and could payoff later like this guitar case did.


Elvis Tonight – 8:00 p.m. Banner:

Elvis Tonight Banner

This has to be the biggest piece of Elvis memorabilia ever reported on this blog. The new owner better have a huge wall to mount it on, because it measures 4 x 19 feet. But the banner has two other things going for it. It was was produced to hang outside the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, Maine for Elvis’ concert on August 17, 1977. It was to be the first stop on a new tour. Elvis never made it, of course, dying the day before.

Elvis Tonight Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland ME

The second feature adding value to the banner is that it was used during the making of the 1981 film This Is Elvis. The film’s director had it hung above the door to the Civic Center just as it would have appeared on the day Elvis was supposed to play. The photo above is from the movie.

This was a high interest item with 25 total bids running the price up to $4,250.


Huge Elvis Signatures:

Huge Elvis Presley's Signatures

While we are talking huge Elvis goodies, check out this panel with four autographs. It measures 8-3/4” wide by 17-1/4: long, plus the matting and frame. Col. Parker apparently had Elvis create them as artwork for posters, menus, photo albums, postcards, album covers, etc.

Five Inch Elvis Presley's Signature

This signature measures almost five inches wide, possibly one of the largest Elvis signatures in existence. The Best Wishes Elvis Presley inscription is almost six inches wide.

Some well-heeled Elvis autograph collector shelled out $6,000 for this unique collectible.


1971 Colt Lawman MKIII .357 Magnum Revolver:

Elvis' 1971 Colt Lawman MKIII .357 Magnum Revolver

What would an Elvis auction be without at least one firearm? The bidding on the Colt .357 Magnum topped out at $20,000. The auction website says, “Perhaps never again will one see such a mountain of evidence attesting to a gun being owned and used by Elvis Presley.”

Federal Firearms Acquisition and Disposition Record for Elvis' Colt Magnum

This proof of Elvis’ ownership is the Federal Firearms Acquisition and Disposition Record completed by Frontier Gun Shop when Elvis bought the pistol. It contains the gun’s model and serial number, plus Elvis’ name and Beverly Hills address. This is so solid it makes the accompanying letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated almost superfluous.


Horsehead Ring:

The Auction at Graceland Horse Head Ring

Elvis must have really liked horse head rings, because at least three have been reported here after sales at auctions. To my eye, this one has nowhere near the visual appeal as the other two. See what you think.

Horse Head Ring - Christie's 2001 !8,000

Sold at Christie’s Auction in 2001 for $18,800


Elvis' Horse Head Ring - Julien's oct 2010

Sold at Julien’s Auction in 2010

While these other rings were loaded with diamonds, the one at the Auction at Graceland had just a single ruby for the horse’s eye. Unfortunately, there was no photograph offered taken. from the top, which might have given a better idea of what the ring looks like.

Elvis' Horsehear Ring - Alt View

This view doesn’t do much except reinforce the idea that it’s a very weird ring. No wonder Elvis gave it away to bodyguard Sam Thompson. It sold for $12,500, but two other outstanding rings at the Auction at Graceland sold for $35,000 and $40,000.


Elvis Presley Birth Record Document from Delivering Physician:

Elvis Presley Birth Record Document

This item is so unique that the auction website offered a short video from the previous owner to tell the story of how he acquired it back in 1994. The person is actor John Corbett, who made reference in the video to his roles in Northern Exposure and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. He did not relate how much he paid for it, but it certainly had to be less than the $80,000 it sold for this time. Note that Elvis’ name is spelled wrong.

Article of Elvis Presley's Birth Doctor

Included with the birth record was a newspaper article on Dr. Robert Hunt, who was primarily a birth doctor for the poor rural families of northern Mississippi from 1913 until the early 50s. He brought 1,845 babies into existence, and Elvis was number 920. The delivery cost $15.


1973 American Express Card:

Elvis' American Express Card

This is another item John Corbett put up for sale at the auction, but he did not make a profit on it. The website says he paid nearly $60,000 for it in 1994, but brought only $37,500 this time. On the video, Corbett admits he got carried away bidding against the Hard Rock Café who had considerably deeper pockets than his.

Elvis' American Express Card - Back

Of course, the card had Elvis’ signature on the back, but as we have seen, the value of his autograph varies widely depending on what item he signed.


Loving You Pants:

Elvis' Loving You Pants

Elvis apparel is always popular at the auctions, especially if photos are available showing Elvis wearing an item of clothing. That is certainly the case with these western-style pants he wore in the movie Loving You.

Double Elvis in Loving You Outfit

Elvis Seated Wearing Loving You Pants

It also helps if the clothing has labels sewn in that have Elvis’ name on them. Although ELVIS PRESLEY is faded here, it can be made out with the naked eye.

Nudie's Label with Elvis' Name inside Loving You Pants

The website made it a point to say that Elvis actually wore these pants during filming. I suspect this was because the wardrobe department produced extra back-up pairs that didn’t get worn. One of these showed up at the Heritage Ultimate Elvis Auction in 2010, and it sold for over $20,000. Now the pair of pants he actually did wear just went for $42,500.


Cuff Links:

Elvis Cuff Links

Elvis’ cufflinks do not show up at auctions very often, so this pair generated heavy bidding and topped out at $8,750. I am perplexed at this high price because the cuff links are not the kind of fine jewelry Elvis usually bought. The metal is not gold; it is called goldtone. The inlay is faux mother-of-pearl, and the stone in the center is a rhinestone, not a diamond.

Maybe the bidders were encouraged by a cute story concerning the cuff links. Over the years, Elvis gave many gifts to friend and back-up singer J.D. Sumner. Some were serious valuable items, others were just for fun. Sumner had so many of these that ultimately he hung them on a faux ficus tree in his office. It became known as the Elvis Tree, and these cuff links dangled from it for years until Sumner passed away.


Hilton Hotel Hanging Banner:

Hilton Hotel Blue Elvis Hanging Banner

We opened with a banner, so we’ll close with another. At 6-1/2 x 36 inches (12 x 44 framed), it is much smaller, but it sold for more money. There were 31 bids placed on this banner, more than any other item, and it topped out at $6,000.

Elvis Hilton Hotel Show Invitation

The banner was a clever invitation to Elvis’ concert that night, and it had a RSVP envelope enclosed. I wonder what it took to be on the guest list of those who received this banner/invitation.


The Auction at Graceland

Next week we’ll take a look at Elvis movie scripts from the auction. Down the road, we’ll cover the autographs, rings, and clothing.



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