This blog started out as another report on Elvis memorabilia items sold recently at auction. I’m still going to do that someday, but first I need to make a confession.
As a result of the ElvisBlog series of posts about Elvis autographs and memorabilia, many readers have written in Comments about an item they own and ask what it might be worth. I certainly couldn’t tell them, because I’m not an expert. So, I created a standard reply directing them to Jerry Osborne, noted Elvis collector, author and historian. Jerry knows so much about Elvis records and collectibles that he has published an incredibly complete reference, Presleyana.
Over the years, Jerry has revised it seven times, and Presleyana VII now totals 384 pages.
My standard reply included Jerry’s website, his e-mail address and his phone number. Unfortunately, I somehow got the wrong e-mail address, and no doubt frustrated many people when their attempts to e-mail Jerry went nowhere. I am sorry about that. For future reference, if you are trying to determine the value of an Elvis collectible, here are the ways to contact Jerry Osborne:
Phone number 360-385-1200
E-mail address JPO@olympus.net
Please note that appraisals are based on a photo and an e-mail description of the item provided by the inquirer. There is a $10 charge for this general appraisal service.
Here are a few of the inquiries that have come in to ElvisBlog Comments. You might find them interesting.
Elizabeth - August 22, 2012
I was lucky enough to meet Elvis in the 60′s while he was making ‘Flaming Star’ and have a signed photo of him with me and my brother. I would like to now sell this item. I would appreciate your expert advice on this matter as you seem to know so much about Elvis memorabilia!
Carl – January 10, 2013
I have a signed autograph guitar of Elvis Presley. It’s about two and a half foot long. I was told he passed them out at some concerts. It was dated 1975. I was wondering if you could tell me what it’s worth.
Jeremy – December 14, 2012
I am writing you to inquire about an oil painting I came across at my parent’s house. My mother worked for a concert venue and when Elvis was in town she got his autograph. The oil painting is of Elvis and is maybe 30 inches tall by 24 inches wide. He made out the autograph to my mother Patricia, and I believe it says Best Wishes to Patricia or something of that nature. Do you have any idea of how much something like this is worth?
Linda – December 1, 2012
Since mother passed away, I have stacks and stacks of books, cards, promotional materials from Colonel Parker’s office and just about anything else you can think of pertaining to Elvis. I, personally, have a signed makeup towel used by Elvis on the set of Blue Hawaii that I won as a contest prize on American Bandstand in the 60′s. Where would the best auction be to find the buyers for these things? Thank you for any help you can give me.
Debbie – September 17, 2012
I have several scarves that were worn by Elvis at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas in the 70′s. Only one of them has his name on it. Do you know the value of these?
Sandra – August 29, 2012
I have an autographed 8X10 picture signed by Elvis Presley to me in the mid-50s in Tampa FL…….How can I sell it for $$$$$$$$$
Steve – June 19, 2012
In 1977 when Elvis was in hospital, my wife then 12 years old sent him a get well card. A few months later she received a card back from Graceland. It was a thank you card and on the inside reads Thanks for remembering me during my illness. Signed Elvis Presley. Can someone e-mail me with what this might be worth.
Tom Smith | August 18, 2012
I have a movie photo of all the dancers from the movie Jailhouse Rock. Elvis is in the photo with all the dancers and one of the dancers was my late uncle. Everyone who performed in that scene including Elvis signed it. Just wondering of what kind of monetary value something like this would be.
These inquiries can be grouped into three categories. There are items without autographs like the books and promo items from Col. Parker’s office. There are autographed items like the guitar and oil painting that probably have some intrinsic collectible value even without the autograph. And there are the letters and photos where all or most of the value is derived from Elvis’ autograph.
For items in the last two categories, Jerry Osborne will provide appraisals based on the assumption the Elvis autographs are authentic. He does not provide an autograph authentication service. However, he has suggested that I revise my standard reply to include the best person he knows of to do this.
In 1957, Rich Consola saw Elvis perform in Buffalo, New York. Elvis was wearing his famous Gold Lamé jacket that day and, since then, Rich has been a lifelong fan and collector. Rich has thoroughly studied Elvis’ handwriting and signature for over 20 years. Today, Rich Consola is considered one of the foremost authorities on Elvis autographs and is known worldwide for his exceptional knowledge.
I have corresponded with Rich Consola, and he has no problem with me referring folks to him. If you have an Elvis autograph that you hope is authentic, but you’re not sure, he charges $25 for a simple authentication. If you have a Elvis autograph you are sure about, and you would like to sell it at auction, you will need a Letter Of Authenticity (LOA). Rich Consola can do that for $75. Considering the prices paid for authenticated Elvis autographs at auctions the past few years, this is a small investment for a big pay-off. To view the three ElvisBlog articles on Elvis autographs sold at auction, click here, here, and here.
Rich Consola’s e-mail address is: