Category Archives: AUCTIONS / MEMORABILIA

Happy Wiping

I’m curious if any of you readers were so frustrated by empty shelves in the stores that you had to raid your Elvis toilet paper collectibles.

 

 

 

These last two seem to be available for $2.40 per roll at etsy.com

I hope you enjoyed a little fun after a week of dreadful news.

 

Phil

 

More Elvis Collectibles That Need Good Homes

We’ll start with three different Elvis stamp sets for you to consider. Last week, the “Elvis” stamp package sold super quick, but did you know there is a much rarer “Elvis Presley” stamp?

The Elvis Presley Stamp:

   

It was issued only as part of the Legends of Rock n’ Roll series.

The picture on the left is the flyer that was in Post Offices promoting these special Legends of Rock ‘n Roll stamps. Sorry my photo is so bad. Next are 10 of the stamps. And then, six complete strips of eight stamps, with two Elvis Presley stamps, first and last of each strip.

Here are the other six singers featured on the strips of Rock n’ Roll legends. I’m not sure why Dinah Washington was picked. Why not Little Richard, Fats Domino, or Chuck Berry?

Compared to the millions of “Elvis” stamps, only a tiny quantity of the “Elvis Presley” stamp was issued, making them more valuable as a collectable. Plus there is $16.82 worth of usable stamps in this set.

A bargain at $23.

 

The Third Elvis Stamp:

Back in 2015, the USPS decided to go for a third Elvis stamp. Unlike the 1993 Elvis stamp, the image is a photograph, not a drawing, and it is in black and white not color.

The shot they chose for the new stamp was taken by professional Memphis photographer William Speer in March 1955.

During that period, local DJ and concert promoter Bob Neal acted as Elvis’ manager. Neal decided Elvis needed some publicity stills to help launch his budding career, so he sent him over to William Speer’s studio.

The Postal Service got clever again with this Elvis Stamp. They made a sheet of 16 peel-off Elvis stamps even more attractive by putting this Al Wertheimer photograph on the flip side of the slick backing paper. It looks very much like a picture sleeve for an old 45 record. That image is enhanced on the back side with the stamps by putting what looks like the top of a 45 sticking of the pseudo-picture-sleeve. A very nice touch.

So, I am offering two of these 16-stamp sets. The stamps cost 49¢ in 2015, but they are Forever Stamps and are now worth 55¢. That’s $19.60 worth of stamps, and who knows what that will be after a few more Postal Service rate hikes. So, you can get a great Elvis collectible that will also increase in value.

$15 per set
$25 for both sets.

 

Foreign Stamps:

Note:  This item has been sold.

 

These stamps look much better than my photograph shows. Top left is a nine-stamp block of Elvis stamps issued in Antigua to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his death. They are part of a commemorative display with a large version of the stamp, Elvis’ replicated autograph, and a short biography.

Next is a special envelope and stamp from Guyana. Printed on the envelope is a box showing the date of issue, Elvis’ 61st birthday. The stamp is embossed silver foil and is postmarked Jan 8 1996.

On the right are twenty stamps, two each from Grenada, Gambia, Bequia, Liberia, Maldives, Martinique, Antigua, St. Vincent, and four from Guyana.

Just $15 for all.

 

 

Next, here are some magazines and special newspapers.

 

Midnight Globe:

Note:  This item has been sold.

 

There are five Midnight Globes from 1977 and three from 1978. Several are about Elvis secrets and psychic readings about him. I suppose the cover photo of Dee Stanley Presley was the highlight of her efforts to benefit from her connection to Elvis. Interesting pictures of young John Travolta, Sam Elliott, and Priscilla.

All eight for $15.

 

National Enquirer:

These four National Enquirers are all from 1977, and the one with the sad face actually was published in April before Elvis’ death.

$10 for all.

 

Five-Magazine Special:

 

The LIFE magazine is from June 1980. It contains six full-pages of photos and commentary by author Albert Goldman. The magazine has seen some wear.

   

ELVIS The King is in very good shape. It was published in 1977 after his death and contains 100 pages (no ads). There are six articles, but probably 80% of the magazine is photographs. There were quite a few of them that I have never seen on the web, which is surprising because I have spent about a million hours on there looking at Elvis photos.

This 1981 Rolling Stone magazine above has a five-page article by Albert Goodman, excerpted from his book “Elvis.” It also has one photo that was new to me.

This 1987 Rolling Stone magazine also has five Elvis pages. The cover says, “Rare Elvis Photos, and that may have been true of all of them when it was published. As I see them now in 2020, there are still two that I don’t remember seeing anywhere else.

Both of the Rolling Stone magazines are in fine shape.

40 Years of Rock & Roll was published in 1992. Elvis get plenty of attention, but the pictures and articles about all those singers and groups on the cover (and many more) are really good, too. There are 118 pages, and the magazine is in excellent shape.

Five rare magazines for just $20.

 

August 17, 1977 Elvis Hometown Newspapers from the Day After His Death:

 

This is the hometown Tupelo newspaper. I’ve seen the Memphis papers for August 17, 1977, for sale several times, but the one from Tupelo is much rarer. Naturally, I looked it up on the internet to see what kind of prices it was going for. The only price I could find was this:

That seems kind of crazy, but it did confirm how rare this item is.

The Tupelo Daily Journal did something strange with their coverage of Elvis’ death. They devoted the majority of space on the front page and page on 15 to it. So, this special section is actually numbered pages 1, 14, 2, and 15. It is in generally good condition except for one tiny torn out piece.

I’m probably selling this way too cheap, but it can be yours for $40.

 

Note:  This item has been sold.

This is the Memphis morning newspaper. I don’t know how they put together such an impressive 12-page special edition about Elvis in such short time. There are two editorials and even an editorial cartoon. I guess cartoon is the wrong name because the picture was properly somber. There are tons of pictures, including 14 in color.

$20

 

Note:  This item has been sold.

This was Memphis’ afternoon paper in 1977, so they had time to get lots of photos and expressions of love from fans who had gathered at Graceland.. This tribute to Elvis was also 12 pages crammed full of stories and pictures, and no ads. There were two editorials, one local and one nationally syndicated. It has an article you may have not known about – a car crashed into mourners and killed two people.

This copy is in very good shape.

A lot of good stuff for $20.

 

If you want one of these offered items, let me know by email at philarnold@charter.net. Please don’t put it in Comments. Do indicate if you want a PayPal invoice, and I’ll get one right out. If you’d rather pay by check, I’ll hold your selection for you until it arrives.

Thank you so much for your support.

Elvis Goodies from the Fuzzy Room – Part 8

I didn’t do very well last time with the Elvis Centerfolds offering, but I’ve got an eclectic selection of Elvis goodies this time. Some are pretty special. See if you can’t help an old Elvis fan sell some stuff before he downsizes to a smaller house.

As always, prices are for delivery to USA locations. Shipping to Canada will add about an additional 35% to the cost. Sorry, but I can’t ship to any other countries.

 

Red, “Heartbreak Hotel” Elvis Beanie Baby:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

I scanned eBay to see what this Elvis Beanie Baby was selling for. I found out that ty has created dozens of different models of Elvis beanies. There’s a bunch of smaller ones. The most sought after themes are the larger ones – “Burning Love” (pink), and “Blue Hawaii” (blue), and “Heartbreak Hotel” (red). But, red is the only one with a guitar. “Blue Hawaii” is pretty cool, because it as a fancy wide belt, but I’ve got the coolest, and I’m selling it.

As far as comparable prices on eBay, I didn’t consider the low-ball prices on used ones, especially those with no ty tag. There were very few of the red Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Beanie babies offered that are like mine – new, with the guitar and tag. The lowest price I found was $24 delivered, and I’ll beat that. Just $14 for the best, coolest, red Elvis Beanie Baby.

 

Royal Bobbles Elvis Presley Bobbleheads

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

I did a blog post on these back in 2013 titled “The Battle of the Elvis Bobbleheads.” Actually, it was no contest. These Royal Bobbles models were the cream of the crop, and I have seen nothing new since then that challenges that. Here’s what their press release says about them:

“They are hand-molded, hand-cast, then hand-painted, hand-polished, individually hand-checked for quality, and then hand-packed. The result is that our pieces are much heavier, much more finely detailed, and of much higher quality. Royal Bobbles is leading the industry with their realistic and lifelike likenesses.”

The Royal Bobbles Elvis Bobbleheads are made heavyweight polyresin and stand at over 8” tall. The hand-painting is an especially noticeable on the Aloha from Hawaii white jumpsuit one.

“If you check the individual stones on the back and side of the Elvis ‘Aloha from Hawaii’ model, you will see the remarkable detail that went into painstakingly painting each tiny little stone by hand. Some of the details are so tiny that the artists had to use a brush with only one bristle.”

Can you imagine having the job of painting all these?

And I guess this is important to some people:

“Each figure features a hologram with a unique serial number on the bottom of the base to indicate authenticity.”

You can find both of these models on Amazon today – $26.95 for Aloha jumpsuit and $24.95 for ’68 Black Leather – plus freight (and these things are heavy). I’ll take $17.00 for Aloha delivered and $15 for Black leather delivered. Or, If you want both, how about $25? A very good deal. They have only come out of the boxes twice – to look at them when they first arrived, and to take the picture above.

 

Stained Glass Elvis:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

My dad was a stained glass hobbyist and he made this for me. We have his work in every window of our house, but we will be scaling down and will have far fewer windows. So, my wife has decided that if we can’t put up all of dad’s creations, Elvis will be among the missing. My loss, your gain. Just $15 delivered, with lots of care in shipping to make sure it doesn’t get broken.

One note. This is a one-sided stain glass item. If you hang it in your living room front window, it will look great from outside, but not from inside. The best spot to hang it is in a second story window with the face visible from inside.

 

Tanzania, East Africa Elvis Stamp Sheet:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

Nine Elvis stamps in an unopened clear plastic sleeve with the official EPE seal at the bottom left (hard to see in my photograph). A simulation of the seal is printed to the left of Elvis Presley on each stamp. The best price I could find on line was $6.05 plus $1.25 postage, and that was for used. You can pick up this pristine limited edition for just $4.

 

Elvis “Now Showing” Illuminated Musical Ornament:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

You can find this fabulous Elvis Christmas tree ornament on several websites for $39.95, the original price when it was first introduced. But some fool has it on eBay at $14.99 plus $8.95 shipping, so I guess that sets the market.

Not only is it illuminated, it plays Elvis singing, “Santa Claus Is Back In Town.”

Here is the ornament out of the packaging. Excellent detail work. Who wants to pick this one off for a bargain price of $16?

 

A 3-Pack of Elvis-Related Movie DVDs:

There were no takers when I offered these for $15 in February. I was surprised, because these are three interesting movies. Anyway, let’s drop the price way down to $8. Here are thumbnail descriptions about them.

Elvis Has Left the Building. Kim Basinger looks terrific as a travelling cosmetic sales woman who inadvertently kills an Elvis impersonator and goes on the run. Lots of strange stuff ensues, including a cameo by Tom Hanks. The finale with all those Elvis impersonators up on the roof of the casino is classic.

Finding Graceland. This one is more surreal but very satisfying. If you can’t imagine Harvey Keitel in a jumpsuit performing Elvis songs, you are in for a pleasant surprise. Within the context of this story, he is achievement of this goal is very believable.

ELVIS – The Mini-Series: This was an eight-episode TV series back in 2005 that’s been packed into 173 minute video. Johnathan Rhys Meyers won a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Elvis in it. He had the Elvis speaking voice down well, but fortunately he just apes it to the real Elvis on the songs. Be sure to check out his outstanding moves wearing the famous gold coat. Trivia: Robert Patrick plays Vernon. That’s quite a transformation going from T-1000 in Terminator 2 to Vernon Presley fourteen years later. This is a duplicate of the original DVD, but it plays great.

 

Autographed Elvis International Magazine Birthday Tribute ’07 Collectors’ Edition:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

This is 52 pages of excellent Elvis photos and articles. (three written by me). But this copy is special because it contains autographs by Scotty Moore, DJ Fontana, Gordon Stoker, James Burton, Glen D. Hardin, and other performers at Elvis Week 2007 concerts.

For $18 you can add this to your collection.

 

Autographed Elvis International Magazine 50th Anniversary of Rock & Roll Edition:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

Another special issue, this time celebrating Elvis’ first recording in 1954. It’s got three lengthy articles by me, lots of wonderful pictures, and autographs by DJ Fontana, TCB bandmates Ronnie Tutt, Jerry Scheff, and Glen D. Hardin, and Elvis’ back-up vocalist Millie Kirkham.

Let’s price this one at $12.

 

Autographed Elvis International Magazine Winter 2000 Issue:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

This contains the first long article I wrote for the magazine. It was called “The Guitar That Changed the World,” which is title of an album Scotty Moore released in 1966. It contained 12 instrumental versions of Elvis hits, and Scotty was joined by DJ Fontana, Boots Randolph, and The Jordanaires. When I got to work back-stage at an Elvis Week concert in 2005, I got Scotty to autograph my article.

You can pick this one up for just $10.

 

White Pinwheel Jumpsuit Ornament:

Here’s another Elvis Christmas Tree ornament. Although it has no packaging, illumination, or singing, it does have a guitar. It is well made and decorated. It also has glitter that didn’t show in my picture for some reason

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You may already have tree ornaments of Elvis, but you probably don’t have this white pinwheel jumpsuit with a cool cape. $8 (Shipping will cost me half of that because of the packaging I’ll need to insure that guitar neck doesn’t break off.)

 

“Elvis’ Humor – Girls, Guns, a & Guitars”

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

I have featured this book three different times On ElvisBlog. With the kind permission of author Bo Keeley, I took some of the funniest passages and added pictures to come up with blog posts. Bo was also kind enough to send me some free copies. They have a cover price of $17.95, but you can pick one up for just $7 delivered. A bargain for 375 pages of fun stories about Elvis.

 

A 3-pack of 50s Rock & Roll DVDs:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

These are rare and hard to find, and they will bring back memories for those of you who lived through the early days of Rock & Roll. For those of you who are younger, these DVDs will give you a glimpse of a remarkable era when life was simple and the music was the best ever. You can get all three for $12.

Jamboree: This is like watching an hour-and-a-half of MTV videos, 50s style. The featured singers are Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Knox, Jimmy Bowen, Charlie Gracie, The Four Coins, Carl Perkins, Connie Francis, Frankie Avalon and more.

Rock & Roll and the 50’s: Watch this DVD and it will be like opening up a time capsule to an exciting era. In addition to all the music clips, there is news footage, TV ads and movie trailers. The singers featured in the music clips include Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent, The Everly Brothers, Bobby Darin, Charlie Gracie, Bill Haley, and Fats Domino. And they sing multiple hits, not just one song. Set aside a whole night to watch this – it lasts for two hours and twenty-five minutes.

Rock, Rock, Rock: This is a movie in the rock-musical-romance genre. There is a bit of plot about a manipulative showbiz agent trying to land a pop singer and conniving to break up his romance with female vocalist. Tuesday Weld, who later played Elvis’ love interest in “Wild in the Country,” made her movie debut in this at age 13. Lots of musical performances are woven in, including Chuck Berry, The Flamingos, Frankie Lyman, The Moonglows, LaVern Baker, Johnny Burnette, and more. If you like watching 50s teenagers jitter-bugging, this is the movie for you. This one lasts for two hours and thirty-five minutes.

 

FREEBIES:

To make this more interesting, here are freebies you can choose when you purchase something else.

1st pick goes to who gets the~~~Bobbleheads set
2nd pick ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Musical Ornament
3rd pick ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Stained-glass Elvis
4th pick ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Elvis Beanie Baby
5th pick (if anybody passes)~~~3-Pack of 50s Rock & Roll DVDs

Here are the choices:

Elvis trading cards: This is 16 cards out of a set of 704, which is selling for $169 on eBay. These are terrific quality. Heavy glossy cardboard with sharp graphics. The backs of the cards are nicely done with interesting info.

 

 

All Access Backstage Passes: These aren’t from actual Elvis concerts, or they would be going for hundreds of dollars. These are from Elvis Week concerts: 2002 Salute to Elvis, 2007 30th Anniversary Tribute and Concert, and 2007 Good Rockin’. Pretty cool to own.

 

Little Elvis Box: This is a cute 4” square metal box with a clear plastic insert in the lid that allows you to see an Elvis photo inside.

Editor’s Note:  This item has been selected.

 

 

Miscellaneous Goodies: Here we have a “Greetings from Graceland” refrigerator magnet, a 60th Anniversary patch, and an unused book of Elvis matches. The match book is listed on several websites as very rare, but none available to sell.

 

That’s a long list of Elvis items, and I hope you’ll find something that appeals to you. If you want an item, send me an email at philarnold@charter.net. (Do not notify me of your interest on Comments.)

As usual, first come, first served. I would prefer payment using PayPal, but checks will work, too. When I get your email, I will initiate billing on PayPal. You approve it and I send the item right out to you. With a check, it’ll take a little longer. And if you live in Canada, let me know, and remember the delivered cost will be about 35% higher.

 

Thanks for your support.

Phil Arnold, Original ElvisBlogmeister (2005-2019)

 

Elvis Centerfolds

I thought that might get your attention.

 

Actually, it’s a pretty good way to lead into another Elvis Goodies from the Fuzzy Room.

 

I’ve got something different this time, but first, a little history.

I wrote for Elvis International magazine for twelve years. Among other compensation, I received several copies of every issue I wrote in.

 

The History of the Elvis Centerfolds:

In 2002, publisher Darwin Lamm changed the style of his magazine, switching from quarterly to two issues each year – in January and August for obvious reasons. He did several upgrades and marketed them as Collectors’ Editions. Very heavy covers, some with embossed artwork. Lots of full-page color photos, and outstanding centerfold pictures (also on slick, heavy paper). These centerfolds continued through 2006.

 

How My Scrapbook Resulted in Extra Centerfolds:

This is the picture I used on the cover of my scrapbook of all the articles I had written.

Because I had multiple copies of the issues, I didn’t mind trashing one of each to get the pages for my scrapbook. But there were some wonderful full-color photos of Elvis in them, especially the centerfolds, which seemed too good to throw away. So I took out the staples and removed the centerfolds. These all stayed in a file in the Fuzzy Room for years.

 

Today I want to offer the centerfolds that nine of them contained. They are all 11” wide by 17” long. And they look much better than my camera shots. I have given each of them a name for identification.

 

Elvis in White:

This is a terrific depiction of Elvis. I think the original hangs on the wall going up the stairway at Graceland. The price on this one is $6, which includes postage to USA destinations. Three copies are available.

 

Elvis in Gold Coat:

This is not the coat from the famous gold lamé suit. Elvis wore this coat in the ’68 Comeback Special. The price on this one is also $6. One copy is available..

 

25th Anniversary Calendar:

This picture is absolutely fabulous, but it doesn’t fill up the whole page, so this one goes for $5. Three copies are available. Let me know if you want the calendar part cut off cleanly with my paper cutter, or leave it on.

 

Elvis in the American Eagle Jumpsuit:

Here we have a full shot of Elvis in his most famous jumpsuit. $5 gets it. Two copies are available.

 

Casual Elvis:

I think this shot is a very charming image of Elvis. Yours for $4. One copy is available.

 

50th Anniversary of Rock & Roll:

My camera shot hardly picks up the 50th in the title at the top. Very nice painting by Joe Petruccio. If you went to Elvis Week 2004, you saw this poster at many of the events. $4. One copy is available.

 

Rip It Up:

Outstanding artwork. It is two pieces because it came from an issue with a spine, and the two halves separated when removed. This one goes for $5. One copy is available.

 

Seven-Elvis Montage:

Four images of early Elvis, two from the ’68 Special, and one jumpsuit shot. $5. Two copies are available.

 

Gold Lamé Suit:

I wish this little picture could show how outstanding Elvis’ face is on the centerfold. It came from an issue with spine. The remains of this are what hold the two halves together. $6. One copy is available.

Sorry, sold out

 

If you want an Elvis centerfold, send me an email at philarnold@charter.net. (Do not notify me of your interest on Comments.) As usual, first come, first served. Perhaps you would like to specify a second choice should your first pick be sold out.

I would prefer payment using PayPal, but checks will work, too. When I get your email, I will initiate billing on PayPal. You approve it and I send the item right out to you. With a check purchase, I’ll mark the item as sold and hold it until your check arrives.

Remember, the prices above include the postage. Add $2 more postage to Canadian destinations. if you order two or more centerfolds, the combined price will be lowered by $1 for the postage saving.

 

Thanks for your support.

Phil Arnold, Original ElvisBlogmeister (2005-2019)

Elvis Merchandise – Circa 1956

ElvisBlog does an article or two after each Auction at Graceland and usually covers an interesting mix of items. However, the recently completed auction held during Elvis Week had one item that provided more than enough for this post.

Don’t worry if you can’t make out the pictures on here. I will cover each one with a large enough image for you to make out not only the pictures but most of the texts as well.

What we have here is a 1956 Elvis Presley Enterprises merchandising guide poster featuring thirty-five items.  It measures 16 inches by 26 inches and sold for $250 at the auction to Glenn Johnson, a big Elvis collector in Texas.  I talked to him by email, and he said he owns all but five of these items.

Here is a part of the website description of this merchandising guide poster:

In 1956 as Elvis’ career was hitting the fast track, Colonel Parker partnered with Hank Saperstein to create a merchandising machine that would bring the superstar into the home and hearts of every youngster around the nation. Elvis Presley Enterprises placed Elvis’ image on everything from clothing and jewelry to toys, shoes, lipstick and so much more. This was a stroke of marketing genius.

The poster was sent to distributors with the notation that each of the creators of the items would provide advertising help to the local retailers.

 

Let’s look at the 1956 Elvis merchandise on this poster, going from left to right starting at the top of the poster.

 

Crew Hat:

This hat must have been one of the best sellers, because I’ve seen them in lots of photos of the fans. Here’s a larger photo in color.

And here’s one of Elvis wearing the hat when he performed in Tupelo.

 

Head Scarf:

I was a teenager in 1956, and I just don’t remember the girls wearing scarfs, so this item may have not sold very well.

Here it is in color. Elvis was known to wear a bit of eye make-up, and the artist shows it here.

 

Elvis Presley Fashions:

The text says iridescent 50/50 felt. I believe this is one of them.

 

Teenage Lipstick:

So, what would have been your preference, ladies? Hound Dog Pink or Heartbreak Hotel Red?

 

Skimmer Pump Shoes:

I never heard of skimmer pump shoes, so I looked them up, and It appears that skimmer pump is another name for flats.  This is one of the items that collector Glenn Johnson does not have.  I guess most of them got worn to death and were finally discarded.

 

Elvis Presley’s Hound Dog:

I tried to look up a good color picture of this Elvis stuffed hound dog. I couldn’t find it, but there are dozens of other licensed and unlicensed ones on Google. It might be fun to post a Top 10 Review of the best ones.

 

Elvis Presley Statue:

I’m not sure 7-1/2 inches tall qualifies as a statue, but, hey, what do you want for a buck?

 

Talking Record:

I did some research on this, but it’s still a little hazy.  I think in the beginning it was just a small 78 RPM record.  Collector Glenn Johnson has not been able to find this item for his extensive collection.

However, there are many photos of the record attached to the cover of a 32-page magazine.  Here’s one that sold at the Auction at Graceland in January 2017.

It sold for $312.50. Years later, a CD version of this talking record was released.

 

Crew Neck Polo Shirt and Girl’s Knit Pajamas:

 

The left side of the poster combines three clothing items with the same Elvis design. In addition to the crew neck polo shirt above, there was also a boat-neck version.

Unlike most items on the poster these don’t list the retail price. However, there was a polo shirt and hat combo on the recent Auction at Graceland that sold for $343.75.

This one looks like it had a lot of wear. Plus, they may have called it a polo shirt, but it’s really a T-shirt.

 

Canvas Sneakers:

A pair of these sneakers and the original box, both in pristine condition, were sold at the August 13, 2015 Auction at Graceland for $3,750.

 

Elvis Presley Handkerchiefs:

One of these handkerchiefs and the scarf sold for $312.50 at the last auction.

 

 

 

Billfolds:

They didn’t use a very good quality photo for these. Here are three of the billfold designs in color.

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Bookends:

I found a pair of these on eBay, but they were sold and the price didn’t appear.


The eBay text says they are very rare.

 

Mittens:

I could not find another picture of the Elvis mittens. And Glenn Johnson has never found them to add to his collection.

 

Belts and Bolo ties:

Here’s one of the belts I found on eBay for $1,450.

There’s a surprising variety of Elvis bolos out there on the internet, none of them seem to the 1956 models.

 

Socks:

I couldn’t find any better pictures of these.

 

Rock and Roll Photo Wallet:

 

Combo Bag:

 

Medallion Necklaces:

I found this one on ebth.com.

I can’t believe it sold for just $30.

 

Black Twill Jeans and Simtex Shirt:

I couldn’t find either of these on the internet.  Maybe all that sold got worn out and thrown away.  Or maybe they didn’t sell at all because there was no image of Elvis on them.  Glenn Johnson doesn’t have either, so I’m guessing they will never be in his collection.

 

Charm Bracelet:

These were easy find on the internet.

 

I hope you enjoyed this look at all the Elvis stuff from 1956.  The Auction at Graceland has been the source for many ElvisBlog posts, but I think this was one of the most interesting.

My thanks to Glenn Johnson for the information he provided for this post.  If you want to see his collection in a 15 minute on YouTube, click here:

 

 

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Elvis Pseudo-Stamps with Bonus Artwork

Not many Elvis stamps from foreign countries have featured a picture of Elvis this cool. This looks like it could be real with a country of origin (Republic of Central Africa) and a postage amount. But it’s not. It’s made of embossed 24kt gold making it impractical use in mailing an envelope. So, they are offered not as stamps but as “tributes” in a 1995 brochure promoting them.

 

 

I found this flyer in the Elvis stuff I’ve been saving for decades. Here’s the picture from the brochure containing the pseudo-stamp.

 

 

The combinations of the tributes and the Elvis artwork on the backing cardboard are referred to as “issues”. There are six of them in this set. Here is the art on this one blown up.

Elvis appears to be wearing his famous white suit from the ’68 Comeback Special. There’s a big jukebox behind him and a bunch of 45s floating around leaving trails of smoke behind. There’s a lot other stuff in there, but I can’t make out what any of it is. I guess it is all intended to look groovy, in late-60s lingo.

 

Here are the rest of the issues.

 

 

Let’s take a look at that “highly detailed, intricate embossing” close up.

Look close and you can see three Elvis images. There’s the big head shot in color, plus in the embossed part, there is Elvis’ body with the mike up to his mouth, and a larger frontal face. They weren’t kidding about that “highly detailed, intricate embossing.”

 

I love the big Elvis face dominating this one, but I’m unclear what the drag racer car or the Saturn rocket relate to.

 

The embossed image on this one is simpler and easy to make-out

 

 

The accompanying text says this issue features five images from three Elvis movies. Well, the two on the stamp are clearly identified as from “Easy Come, Easy Go.”

 

The artwork shows “G.I. Blues” Elvis wearing the helmet. “Spinout” is nicely represented by the other two. Overall, I like this image a lot..

 

I’ve shown these last two issues in the same sequence they appear in the brochure. I guess that both being from Mali makes them companion issues. Or maybe it’s the repetition of the five picture/three movie theme.

 

I’m glad the stamp identifies the two Elvis images are from “Girls, Girls, Girls,” because I might not have figured it out.

 

This is not one of my favorites in this set, mainly because of the blue Elvis on the right. I don’t know if that is supposed to be from “Viva Las Vegas” or “Tickle Me.” The other two are easy to place.

 

 

I can’t see the connection to “When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold.” The jalopy looks similar to the one in the movie “Loving You.”

 

This is the second stamp from the Republic of Central Africa. I never heard of this country, so I looked it up.

 

Well, the name certainly fits the location.

 

This would be my least favorite artwork in the set. It would be better with more Elvis and less hot rod.

 

 

They should have left off the chin cleft, because Elvis never had one.

 

Wow, could you cram any more American Pop Culture into one picture than they did here? Besides Elvis, there is popcorn, a hot dog, soft ice cream, big red tail fins, and stacks of 45s. I’m not sure I get the inclusion of a bottle of champagne or the bird on the right. What is that just below the popcorn? Looks like a mushroom. ?????

 

The price on the full set was $68 back in 1995. I never bought it, but now I kind of wish I had. These stamps with bonus artwork just might be worth something today. It seems to me that this original Elvis art could have been utilized in other ways for us fans to enjoy.

 

 

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Elvis Goodies from the Fuzzy Room – Part 6

It’s been almost three months since I last posted a group of Elvis collectibles for sale on here.  I need to get back to it, because the time to move and down-size is steadily approaching. Thanks for helping me find new homes for the Elvis stuff I’ve collected for decades and displayed in my Fuzzy Room.

 

Please Note:  The prices are for delivery to USA destinations only.  Postal rates to other countries are just prohibitive and mailing to them is way more hassle.  Sorry.

 

A 3-Pack of Elvis-Related Movie DVDs:

Three Elvis-Related Movie DVDs

All three of these are definitely worthy of watching.  Here’s what they’re about.

Elvis Has Left the Building.  Kim Basinger looks terrific as a travelling cosmetic sales woman who inadvertently kills an Elvis impersonator and goes on the run.  Lots of strange stuff ensues, including a cameo by Tom Hanks.  The finale with all those Elvis impersonators up on the roof of the casino is classic.

Finding Graceland.  This one is more surreal but very satisfying.  If you can’t imagine Harvey Keitel in a jumpsuit performing Elvis songs, you are in for a pleasant surprise.  Within the context of this story, he is achievement of this goal is very believable.

ELVIS – The Mini-Series:  This was an eight-episode TV series back in 2005 that’s been packed into 173 minute video. Johnathan Rhys Meyers won a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Elvis in it. He had the Elvis voice down well, but fortunately he just apes it to the real Elvis on the songs. Be sure to check out his outstanding moves wearing the famous gold coat. Trivia:  Robert Patrick plays Vernon.  That’s quite a transformation going from T-1000 in Terminator 2 to Vernon Presley fourteen years later. This is a duplicate of the original DVD, but it plays great.

The price for this combo is $15 delivered to US destinations.

 

Elvis Forever TV Guide Issue:

TV Guide - 25th Anniversary Elvis Issue

TV Guide did a big-time celebration of the 25th anniversary of Elvis’ death in this issue.  They glued a hologram picture on the cover, and devoted 14 pages to Elvis.  There’s an interesting article written by William F. Buckley with a few facts you might not already know.  Then, there’s a story about how the movie Loving You “mirrored the dramatic rise of the legendary performer.”  Finally, there were remembrances by some people who you might not expect to have connections with Elvis: Danny Glover, Mimi Rodgers, Melonie Griffin, Wynona, and others.

This special TV Guide issue is just $8 delivered.

 

Elvis Trading Cards Encased in Protective Plastic:

 

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

Elvis Trading Cards

This is not the complete set of 66 Elvis trading cards issued in 1978.  However, these 32 cards are in perfect shape inside heavy plastic sleeves.  You can slide the cards out if you want to examine closely.

Elvis Trading Cards - Back

As you can see, there are fun facts on the reverse sides.

Just $9 delivered for this collection of laminated trading cards.

 

Copies of Elvis International Magazine with Autographs by Elvis’ Musicians and Contemporaries:

 

50th Anniversary of Rock and Roll Issue:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

 

Elvis International Magazine

This is a great collectible just for its 10 rare full-page photos and dozens of smaller ones. Plus, the magazine is crammed full of good articles like:

The Beginning: Scotty Moore

Genuine American Music Legends: (written by me)

Still Taking Care of Business: (about the TCB Band also written by me)

Collecting the King

The Legends: (also written by me)

Meeting Elvis: (first impressions by Ike Turner, Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Waylon Jennings, Skeeter Davis, Etta James, and Jerry Lee Lewis)

Roots of Rock and Roll

D.J. and Bill, Unjustly Excluded from Hall of Fame: (written by Max Weinburg, drummer in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band)

Elvis on Cover of Rolling Stone: (written by Bono of U2, but somehow proofreading failed to catch it spelled Bobo one time)

Elvis and Rock ‘n Roll

Recognition for Elvis at the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial: (an intriguing story about the prominent proclamation recognizing Elvis’ roll in making the memorial a reality – but was removed 28 years later)

 

In my opinion, this is the biggest and best issue of Elvis International magazine ever.  But the copy I am selling has autographs by these special people.

Scotty Moore, D.J. Fontana, Gordon Stoker, Ray Walker Autographs

Elvis’ Original Bandmates

Scotty Moore

D.J. Fontana

Jordanaires who recorded and toured with Elvis

Gorgon Stoker

Ray  Walker

Elvis' TCB Band Autographs

TCB Band

James Burton

Ronnie Tutt

Jerry Scheff

Glen D. Hardin

Boots Randolph, Millie Kirkham Autographs

Recorded with Elvis in the 60s

Boots Randolph

Millie Kirkham

Bob Moore

Plus

Ronnie McDowell

Red Robinson

Eddie Miles

Billy Swan

Stan Perkins (Carl’s son)

Lee Rocker

Nancy Black (Bill’s daughter)

I was backstage for two concerts presented by Darwin Lamm, the publisher of Elvis International.  I took this copy of the magazine around to everybody and got them to sign on the pages where there were articles about them and photos of them.

Someone else took around an acoustical guitar and got all the same signatures.  It sold at auction for several hundred dollars.  My magazine is going for just $50.

 

70th Birthday Tribute Issue:

Editor’s Note:  This item has been sold.

Elvis International Magazine 70th Birthday Tribute

This issue has a large lineup of great articles:

Elvis’ Influence on Music Has Been Profound

Global Moment in Time – July 5, 1954, Sun Records… 50 Years Later

Backstage with 21 Music Legends (I wrote this.  It’s when I got all those autographs)

Collecting the King

Christmas to Remember (written by Joe Esposito)

Meeting Elvis (first impressions by Tony Curtis, Liberache, Mamie Van Doren, Glen Campbell, and Tammy Wynette

Elvis – The Mini-Series

Elvis Art – Elvis Week Art Contest

Al Dvorin Remembered (The man who coined the phrase, “Elvis has left the building)

Memories of Elvis

At the Hayride

Richard Davis Remembered

Elvis on Film – Mr. Rock ‘n Roll

 

Joe Esposito Autograph

As you can see, I got Joe Esposito to autograph the article he wrote.  That should make this very good issue worth $12.

 

ELVIS 24th Anniversary Collector’s Edition:

Elvis International Magazine 24th Anniversary Collectors Edition

Sorry, my camera made some light distortions in this picture.

 

When I first started writing for Elvis International magazine, I didn’t realize that I could have some say in what photos accompanied my articles.  So, I was very surprised when two Al Wertheimer pictures showed up in an article titled, “Does VH1 Hate Elvis – Or Are They Just Stupid?” The photos had absolutely no connection to my story, but I was fine with that.  I’ll take two Al Wertheimer pictures any time.

Al Wertheimer Autographs

So, when Al commissioned me to write the forward to his book, ELVIS, The Early Years, I sent him a copy of the issue and asked him to autograph it.   He actually autographed both pictures, and as a bonus, he noted the date when each was taken.  And on the one on the right, he wrote, “No More Paper Towels,” the title he used when he first published the photo.

So, this is a great Al Wertheimer collectible.

 

In addition, this issue of the magazine contains the only Elvis fiction ever published in Elvis International.  It is, “The Bootleg Album,” written by me (and containing a picture of the wrong album)

 

All in all, this double autographed Al Wertheimer issue is easy worth $20.

 

ELVIS – The Ed Sullivan Shows 3-DVD Set

Editor’s note: This item has been sold.

Elvis Presley - Ed Sullivan Shows

Elvis appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show three times .  This set has the complete shows including the ads.  Here’s the Elvis Songs you get on each one.

DISC ONE: Sept 9, 1956

Don’t Be Cruel

Love Me Tender

Ready Teddy

Hound Dog

Three hits and a Little Richard cover.  When Scotty goes into his guitar riff in Ready Teddy, Elvis does some serious shaking.  I wish Scotty had jammed on even more, and we could have seen what other moves Elvis had to give us.

Elvis Doing Ready Teddy on Ed Sullivan 09-09-56

DISC TWO: October 28, 1956

Don’t Be Cruel

Love Me Tender

Love Me

Hound Dog

Seven weeks later, Elvis does three of the same songs again.  His hit songs not only went high on the charts, they stayed there for really long times.  Love Me is a great song anyway, but seeing Elvis sing it is a special treat.  My favorite of this show.

DISC THREE: January 6, 1957

Medley: Hound Dog / Love Me Tender / Heartbreak Hotel

Don’t Be Cruel

Too Much

When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again

Peace in the Valley

This show had a variety of songs.  The big three, Don’t Be Cruel, Love Me Tender, and Hound Dog were back again; four months after Elvis did them on his first Sullivan show appearance. There was his latest hit, Too Much. There were two songs never released as singles – When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again and Peace in the Valley. They were on four-song EPs, and both made it to the charts.  Elvis did his first TV medley, but the songs were too short to really enjoy..

The highlight of this DVD for me was Don’t Be Cruel. Ed Sullivan had Elvis filmed from the waist up on this show, but Elvis still found ways to generate excitement. On Don’t Be Cruel, Elvis toyed with the young girls in the audience by doing hand motions, mouth movements and exotic looks with his eyes. I had fun using pause and single-frame advance to capture his intensity.

Elvis Doing Don't Be Cruel on Ed Sullivan Show 2

Elvis Doing Don't Be Cruel on Ed Sullivan Show

Elvis had some powerful eyes.

Buy this three-DVD set for $15 delivered and you will be glad you did.

 

OK, to summarize, these are the Elvis goodies I am parting with:

A 3-Pack of Elvis-Related Movie DVDs — $15

Elvis Forever TV Guide Issue — $8

32 Elvis Trading Cards Incased in Protective Plastic — $9

50th Anniversary of Rock and Roll Issue loaded with Autographs — $50

70th Birthday Tribute Issue – Joe Esposito — $12

ELVIS 24th Anniversary Collector’s Edition – Al Wertheimer — $20

ELVIS – The Ed Sullivan Shows 3-DVD Set — $15

 

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Red Velvet Shirt is Top Prize at Elvis Auction – Even with Part of it Missing

Elvis' Red Velvet Shirt from '56 Tupelo Concert

Back on January 8, Elvis’ 84th birthday was celebrated in many ways. One was the 12th Graceland Auction. There’s lots of cool stuff I want to report on, starting with his famous red velvet shirt. The shirt topped the field of 233 entries with the highest winning bid. Ten bids ran the price up to $37,500 (including 25% buyer’s premium).

The most interesting thing to me is that it was so bid so high in spite of a large section of the fabric being cut off.

Didn’t matter. It was still Graceland Auction’s big star. I try to predict how things will be bid compared to the estimate. I have a fairly good average. On this one, I was pretty sure bidders wouldn’t care about the flaws that much. I thought it would hit its estimate of $30-50,000, and it did.

We are talking about the custom-made red velvet shirt that Elvis wore during the evening show at the September 26, 1956 Mississippi-Alabama Fair & Dairy Show in Tupelo.

Elvis '56 Tupelo Concert Poster

 

According to the auction website:

“This shirt is perhaps one of the most significant artifacts of clothing from a key period in Elvis’ life. Any Elvis-worn clothing from the 1950s is rare enough–we have seen few examples. But a shirt possibly worn by Elvis at one of the most important 1950’s concerts in his career is unprecedented.”

 

Elvis '56 Tupelo Concert Red Velvet Shirt - piece cut out of back

This shot from the back shows the irregular cut removing the bottom part of the shirt. Here’s a look at the full length.

Elvis '56 Tupelo Concert Backshot

Actually, this is the same shirt, but blue, worn at the daytime concert

The auction website does a superb job with background on this iconic red velvet shirt. Here is the text as written by Jeff Marren and Laura Pickett.

“1956 was one of the most pivotal years for Elvis because it was during the course of these 12 months that Elvis rose to superstardom and international acclaim. With his Sun contract being purchased by RCA, Elvis produced not one, but two million-dollar-selling albums this year with several huge hits including “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Hound Dog”; he appeared on national television more than ten times; performed over 140 concerts in more than 75 cities; starred in his first Hollywood feature film, Love Me Tender; and signed a seven-year contract with Paramount Pictures.

“This momentous year catapults Elvis from the edge of fame into the stratosphere, and as his popularity gains momentum, it’s evident that he is destined for greatness and success like no other entertainer before him.

“In August of 1956, Elvis began filming for his first movie role in The Reno Brothers, later renamed Love Me Tender to capitalize on the success of his smash hit. After shooting wrapped for Love Me Tender in mid-September, Elvis returned to his hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi on September 26, 1956 to perform a pair of shows on the stage of the Mississippi-Alabama Fair & Dairy Show.”

 

Tupelo Daily Journal - Elvis '56 Tupelo Concert

“The international phenomenon returned to great fanfare and pride among his hometown folk who welcomed him with a giant banner that read Tupelo Welcomes Elvis Presley Home.”

Elvis '56 Tupelo Concert Homecoming Poster

“Tupelo mayor James Ballard presented Elvis with a guitar-shaped Key to the City, and Mississippi governor J.P. Coleman read a proclamation during the fair honoring Elvis.”

Getting Key to City at Elvis '56 Tupelo Concert.

“It was during these two concerts that Elvis famously wore two different velvet shirts, he sported the blue velvet shirt in the afternoon performance and the red velvet during the evening show.”

Elvis '56 Tupelo Concert Afternoon Show - In Color

“The shirts are rumored to have either been gifted to him by Natalie Wood or made for him by his mother. While the facts surrounding the origins of the shirts vary, the fact that he wore these special shirts on several occasions, including his Tupelo homecoming performance, is undisputed. And despite advance planning, it was not without a bit of drama that he was able to wear these special shirts during this famous homecoming.

“Alanna Nash recalls in her book entitled Baby Let’s Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him that the “heartbreak blue” shirt:

…almost didn’t make it to Tupelo. Barbara Hearn was Elvis’s date, and early that morning on Audubon Drive, where the Presleys were having remodeling work done, “Elvis handed me something on a clothes hanger with a laundry cover on it. He said, ‘Hold this.’ There was a bit of confusion, and lots of people around, and I stood there holding it until I thought, ‘Gosh, I’m not a closet rod here,’ and I laid it on the sofa.”

They rode down together in Elvis’s new white Lincoln Mark II, and when they arrived at the dressing tent, Elvis suddenly turned to Barbara. “Where’s my shirt? Do you have my shirt?” “What shirt?” “The shirt I gave you to hold this morning.” Oh, gosh! She didn’t know he meant to bring that shirt! Barbara felt really bad, but Elvis was very sweet about it. They just quickly called somebody in Memphis who hadn’t left yet, and they brought it on down.

Colorized Photo of Elvis and Barbara Hearn

Elvis and Barbara Hearn. This is a colorized photo.

“Elvis so treasured these fabulous shirts that the performances in Tupelo were not the only occasion on which he would wear them. Elvis can also be seen wearing both the red velvet shirt and the blue velvet shirt in the earlier promotional photos taken for Love Me Tender shot at the beginning of September 1956.”

“Furthermore, the red velvet shirt is donned by Elvis on the cover of his album For LP Fans Only which featured recordings from 1956 but was not released until February 1959. He wore these shirts again in mid-October at home on Audubon Drive as seen in photos of him playing with the dog, Sweet Pea, that he gave to his mother.”

Elvis Presley and Sweet Pea - October 18, 1956

Notice Barbara Hearn’s photograph in the background

‘…and on January 1957 after rehearsals for his last appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show with a vest over the shirt.”

Elvis in Red Velvet Shirt Backstage at Ed Sullivan Show

“He also appears wearing one of the velvet shirts in an image used in Baby Let’s Play House by Alanna Nash in which Elvis is sitting in a theater next to Natalie Wood and Nick Adams.”

Elvis, Natalie Wood & Nick Adams

 

“Offered is very likely the red velvet shirt which Elvis cherished, as evidenced by the many times he lovingly wore it for significant events. This iconic shirt from so early in Elvis’ career and the start of the cultural revolution that his music and style would spark is a quintessential relic from a pivotal time in entertainment history.”

“Unequivocal photomatching is nearly impossible with a shirt of this construction and fabric, and this is further complicated by the very small number of photographs from the period, especially from the evening concert on September 26, 1956.”

Elvis '56 Tupelo Concert Evening Show Wearing Red Velvet Shirt

(Here are two photos of the red shirt at the evening show)

Elvis '56 Tupelo Concert Evening Show1

“And this is further complicated by the very small number of photographs from the period, especially from the evening concert on September 26, 1956. That being said, photos that do exist from the concert, and the early September Love Me Tender publicity photo shoot, do show strong similarities to the offered shirt.”

Elvis - Love Me Tender Promotional Photo

Love Me Tender movie publicity photo

“The placement and shape of the buttons, the style and shape of the ruffled seams and the position of the seams at the chest all show at least a passing correlation to the same areas on the offered garment. The shirt has most likely shrunk somewhat, either from improper cleaning or a poor storage environment, and a portion has been removed from the bottom. This may have been done to remove a damaged area of the fabric, though we cannot be sure.

“The strongest evidence that this is the shirt worn by Elvis in Tupelo and elsewhere in 1956 and early 1957 is our consignor herself. The shirt originates from Marilyn Pritchett Pruit, who was married to Elvis’ cousin for a period starting in the late 1960s and was given the shirt at Graceland in 1969. Her letter of provenance, which accompanies the shirt, states:

On Dec. 21, 1968 I married Jesse Earl Pritchett, son of Nashville Lorene Presley Pritchett. Nash was the baby sister of Vernon Presley, Elvis’ father. At Elvis’ New Years Eve party in 1968, I met Elvis. I was not a diehard fan, so I wasn’t going to faint when I met him!! Well I almost did. JE, as I called my husband, called Elvis over to meet me. Elvis said “Hi Marilyn” and I could not speak, nothing would come out of my mouth. He was the most gorgeous man I had ever laid eyes on. Elvis found that very amusing.

Sometime around the middle of 1969 I was at Graceland and Elvis had Aunt Delta Biggs going thru his closet. It was packed and he wanted to send some clothes to Goodwill. This red shirt, one of the ones that Natalie Wood had made for him in the 50’s was in the clothes Aunt Delta had taken to send. I picked up the shirt and was admiring it. Seeing I liked it, Elvis gave me the shirt. It has been my pleasure to own it for almost 50 years. I hope you will cherish it as much as I have.

(Graceland Auctions has confirmed that when Mrs. Pritchett received the shirt, the portion had already been trimmed from the bottom. So, we don’t know how it happened and probably never will).

“This shirt is perhaps one of the most significant artifacts of clothing from a key period in Elvis’ life. Any Elvis-worn clothing from the 1950s is rare enough–we have seen few examples. But a shirt possibly worn by Elvis at one of the most important 1950’s concerts in his career is unprecedented. This extraordinary shirt is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.”

“The shirt’s fabric remains amazingly supple to the touch, and all but one button on the left cuff is completely intact. The interior tagging is missing and a portion of the shirt has been trimmed from the bottom of the shirt.”

Close Up of Elvis' Red Velvet Shirt

 

In spite of these things, the auction graded the shirt as “Very Good to Excellent condition.” And I’m sure the new owner is delighted to own it. I know I would.

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Graceland Auction Creates New Fan Experiences (and Funds Charity)

Jan 2019 Graceland Auction

I’ve written seventeen articles covering the Graceland Auctions since they began during Elvis Week 2014. I like to pick out items that catch my interest or have an unusual back story and report on them.

However, this post on the January 8, 2019 auction will cover the first thirteen lots. These are all brand new fan events they’ve created for folks to bid on. And these are some really desirable packages. Here’s the list:

Annual Pass for Unlimited Visits to Graceland

Private Graceland Evening Tour and Dinner With Up To 24 Guests

Graceland Romantic Weekend Getaway

Be a Graceland Archivist for a Day

1-Hour Outdoor Photo Shoot at Graceland Mansion

Photo Shoot of Your Classic Car or Motorcycle in Front of Graceland Mansion

Private Tour of the Graceland Stables

2-Hour Private Tour of Graceland Archives

Tour of Graceland with Elvis’ Cousin

Private Movie Screening In The Guest House Theater

Hidden Graceland Private Tour

Co-Host a “Gates of Graceland” Episode

Graceland’s Chapel in the Woods Wedding or Vow Renewal

 

That is a very impressive list. Some fun stuff. Let’s look at a few in detail.

 

Graceland Romantic Weekend Getaway:

Graceland Romantic Weekend Getaway

Here is the text from the Graceland Auction website as written by Jeff Marren and Laura Pickett.

Bring your favorite Elvis fan on a very special romantic getaway to Graceland and the Guest House at Graceland.

The winning bidder and one guest will spend two nights in one of our unique, luxurious two-bedroom king suites that feature a living room, dining room, kitchen and bar area.

Champagne, chocolates and flowers will be waiting in your room upon arrival.

While at Graceland, be treated to two Ultimate Graceland VIP Tours, plus dinner for two at Delta’s Kitchen and a private movie screening of your favorite Elvis movie at The Guest House Theater.

Delta’s Kitchen in the Graceland Guest House

Delta’s Kitchen in the Graceland Guest House

This terrific package went for $2,750, which seems like a pretty good deal. I can’t help thinking it would be better if the winning bidder could bring three guests, because it’s a two-bedroom suite. It looks like Party Central, so it would be great fun for two couples to share together.

It might also feel weird to be just two people in the theater watching an Elvis movie.

Movie Theater In the Graceland Guest House

 

If I had bid and won this package, I think I’d I open the theater doors and let in anybody that wanted. Of course, I don’t have $2,750, so that’s just a dream.

 

Private Tour of the Graceland Stables:

Graceland Stables

Again, from the auction website:

Throughout the years, Elvis could often be seen riding his horses around the Graceland property and would ride down to the front gate to sign autographs for fans.

The winning bidder and a guest will receive the opportunity to tour the Graceland Stables and meet the current Graceland horses. The 90-minute tour will also include an up-close look at saddles used by Elvis and his entourage, personal western wear including chaps, hats and boots all worn by Elvis, and even Elvis’ handwriting on the wall where he wanted the tack and harnesses of each horse.

This would certainly be a good way to add a unique treat to your Graceland visit. It went for $1,500, significantly above the estimate.

 

Photo Shoot of Your Classic Car or Motorcycle in Front of Graceland Mansion:

Photo Shoot of Your Classic Car or Motorcycle in Front of Graceland

Elvis had a passion for everything with wheels, including cars and motorcycles, and now those who share his passion will get a unique opportunity to drive their car or motorcycle through the famous musical gates at Graceland just like Elvis did.

The winning bidder will receive a 15-minute photo shoot of their car or motorcycle in front of Graceland Mansion by our Graceland photographer. Winning bidder will receive digital file of all photos following photo session for private use.

This cool deal had 23 bids, the most of any item in the group. It went for $2,825, approximately three times the estimate.

I have an idea for this one, too, if I was the winning bidder. I’d rent a ’59 Caddie convertible to use in the photo. That way I’d have a picture taken were you can actually see the faces of me and my friends in the car.

 

Private Graceland Evening Tour and Dinner With Up To 24 Guests:

24 People Outside Graceland

Invite up to 24 guests for the ultimate Graceland experience as they enjoy an after-hours tour of Graceland Mansion led by a member of the Graceland Archives team.

Followed by a private dinner and a screening of your favorite Elvis movie at Presley Motors Automobile Museum, surrounded by some of Elvis’ most iconic cars, including his Pink Cadillac, 1975 Dino Ferrari and 1973 Stutz Blackhawk. Dinner will be catered by Vernon’s Smokehouse.

Graceland Car Museum - Dinner Tables

 

I like this one – a package for 25 people. It went for $2,500, so for $100 per person, you get the special tour of the mansion, followed by a party at the automobile museum where you see the cars, watch a movie, and eat some good food. A fine value for somebody with a lot of money and a lot of Elvis fan buddies.

 

Annual Pass for Unlimited Visits to Graceland:

Graceland VIP Tour Pass

Experience Elvis Presley’s Graceland all year long with an exclusive Graceland Annual Pass for two.

The Graceland Annual Pass will offer unlimited Elvis Experience Tours + Planes for 12 months for the winning bidder and one guest. The Experience Tour + Planes includes a tour of Graceland Mansion, access to all Elvis Presley’s Memphis attractions and exhibits plus tours of Elvis’ two personal airplanes.

I’m surprised that nobody put in the minimum bid of $1,000 on this. Maybe it’s a logistics thing — getting back to Memphis multiple times in one year could be hard to pull off. Maybe seeing the mansion and airplanes over and over makes it get boring.

 

 

Now, I want to report on something that has been underplayed in the media reports about this Graceland Auction. It is the amount of money these newly created packages are bringing to The Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation.

Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation Logo

100% of the auction hammer price on them will be donated to the Foundation. The hammer price is the winning bid when the hammer comes down on the high bid. It is before the 25% buyer’s fee is added.

The total funding generated by these thirteen fan experiences came to $25,700. Not bad, but EPE does so much more. The company underwrites all the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation’s administrative expenses, so all the Foundation’s funds are used for donations to charitable causes.

If you are not familiar with the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation, it was formed by Graceland/Elvis Presley Enterprises in 1984 to continue Elvis’ own tradition of generosity and community service and to honor his memory.

The Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation receives a portion of the overall business income of Graceland/EPE, with additional funding from the company’s royalties on specially licensed products and from special benefit events the company stages.

A meaningful amount of the funding also comes from donations made by Elvis fans from around the world. Some Elvis fan clubs hold drives to raise money for the foundation.

It has created the Elvis Presley Endowed Scholarship Fund at the College of Communication & Fine Arts at the University of Memphis to assist students majoring in areas that relate to Elvis’ own career: music, film, television, theater, etc.

Also, the Foundation has a long-standing relationship with one of Elvis’ favorite charities, Goodwill Homes, a Memphis facility that provides counseling and services for abused children and their families.

 

Elvis fans have grumbled about some of the things EPE has done, but let’s give credit where it’s due. Their support of the Elvis Presley Charitable Foundation is commendable.

 

Let’s finish up with one more of the fan experiences won at the auction.

 

2-Hour Private Tour of Graceland Archives:

2-Hour Private Tour of Graceland Archives

The Graceland Archives collection consists of over 50,000 photographs, 3,000 textiles, thousands of documents and a large collection of furniture, musical instruments, awards, automobiles, and other artifacts associated with the personal life and career of Elvis Presley and has been visited by a very few select guests, including Oprah and Paul McCartney.

The winning bidder of this experience and one guest will go beyond the ropes into the coveted Graceland Archives at an undisclosed location for an exclusive two-hour private tour with Graceland’s Vice President of Archives & Exhibits, Angie Marchese.

The private tour will feature exclusive white glove experiences, including holding artifacts, looking in archival boxes of special collections, seeing many never-before-displayed items, and a photo opportunity with an artifact taken by the Graceland photographer.

This sounds interesting, but I never thought anyone would bid the $5,000 minimum (which means a total payout of $6,125). I was almost right. One person thought it was worth it. For that kind of money, the tour ought to go on all day, with a break for lunch at Vernon’s Steakhouse, and a private movie screening afterward.

 

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Deeper Look at a Recent Elvis Auction Item

I started out to do my usual Elvis auction review on the November 3 Heritage Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction. However, I got stuck on the very first Elvis item – a handbill for his’ March 25, 1961, Pearl Harbor concert.

Pearl Harbor Concert Handbill - Front

 

[Just real quick for you newer Elvis fans that might know about the concert, it was to raise money toward the proposed memorial for the USS Arizona that was sunk by the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 1102 American seamen perished that day.]

 

I’ve looked at this handbill picture several times before, and one time I wished I knew how to Photoshop, so I could do an upgrade on it. Elvis did not wear those baggy gold pants at the Pearl Harbor concert. Just the gold coat.

Elvis at Pearl Harbor Concert

I wanted to take the handbill picture and Photoshop some black pants on Elvis – get him to look like he did when he performed. Then, I realized that the black pants wouldn’t show against the handbill’s black background. So, I gave up on the idea.

 

There were other things about this playbill I found interesting. It was obvious that Bill Black was no longer part of the Elvis band. DJ Fontana and Scotty Moore are listed in the marquee sign along with the Jordanaires.

All Star Cast on Pearl Harbor Concert Handbill -

 

By March 1961, Bill Black was into the third year of his career with Bill Black’s Combo. They were touring around the country playing hits like “Smokie – Part 2” and “White Silver Sands.”

Bill Black Combo 1962
Note that Bill Black has traded his stand-up bass for an electric one.

 

The man who replaced Bill Black in Elvis’ band for the Pearl Harbor show was Nashville session musician Bob Moore. The rest of the All-Star Cast referred to above was Floyd Cramer on piano, Hank Garland on rhythm guitar, and Boots Randolph on sax. All Stars indeed.

 

The back of the playbill featured three photos and lots of text.

Pearl Harbor Concert Handbill - Back

 

Here’s a better look at the three pictures.

USS Arizona War Memorial Rendering

This is the architect’s rendering of what the planned USS Arizona Memorial would look like.

 

USS Arizona Memorial Construction Sign

And here we have a picture of the sign on the site where the memorial would be built.

 

Col. Parker and Bigwigs Before Pearl Harbor concert

Col. Parker with the chairman of the memorial commission and the head Navy guy.

 

Another thing that struck me was the very brief narrative Heritage Auction’s website gave to this handbill, a significant collectible.

Elvis Presley Bloch Arena, Pearl Harbor Concert Handbill (The Pacific War Memorial Commission Proudly Presents, 1961). Very Rare. Double-sided, for a benefit show in Hawaii on Saturday March 25th. One side is printed in gold and black, showing a full-length image of Elvis wearing a gold suit, listing the support act as Minnie Pearl. Measures 9.25″ x 12.25″. In Very Good condition.

When I first read it, my thought was, “I wonder what Jeff Marren and Laura at Graceland Auctions would have to say, because they do such a great job on the narratives.” I inquired them, and found out they did have two tickets for the Pearl Harbor concert at auction last year. This is what they said then.

“Perhaps what endears Elvis Presley to his fans so much is the fact that it seemed like there was no end to his willingness to give. In December 1960 an editorial ran in an L.A. paper about the stalled efforts to complete the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. This article was spotted by the Colonel, and Elvis answered the call to duty.

“A benefit concert was organized to raise $50,000 towards the completion of the memorial. On January 11, 1961, a press conference was held and it was announced that Elvis would perform this benefit concert on the condition that every penny from the concert must go to the fund.

“Having honorably served his country in the Armed Forces, Elvis held this memorial and the soldiers that perished near to his heart.

“Ticket prices ranged from $3 to $10 for reserved section seats, and $100 for the 100 reserved “ringside” seats—and Elvis was the first to buy a ticket.

“The concert was set for March 25, 1961, and 4,000 screaming fans, 15 songs and $54,000 later, Elvis left the building. As a result of the concert and the huge amount of media attention it garnered, public and private donations flooded in from all over the country. On May 30, 1962 (Memorial Day) the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial was dedicated.”

Perhaps it doesn’t matter, but I’d like to think wonderful background text like this might bring some higher bidding.  In fairness, the concert playbill went for $1,125 as presented, which is pretty impressive.

And I love this line about Elvis, “it seemed like there was no end to his willingness to give.” Elvis’ generosity is well documented, but this is the best description of it I have ever read.

 

$100 Ticket for Elvis Presley Pearl Harbor Concert

Here’s one of those $100 tickets. That’s almost $900 in today’s money. Note there were no assigned seats. It must have been like a special private party area where you just socialized until it was time to find a seat and settle down for the show.

 

There are three interesting things in the text on the back of the handbill.

Under the heading Symbol of Freedom, it said, “The benefit performance by Presley… is symbolic of a new generation of Americans who have not forgotten the price of freedom or how dearly it has been maintained.” That sounds like Elvis to me.

Congress had authorized construction of the memorial three years earlier, but fund raising had slowed down to a crawl. Prior to the concert, only $300,000 of the needed $500,000 had been raised. One of the commissioners worried that “today the Arizona is but a rusting tomb.” The Colonel and Elvis jumped in to turn that situation around.

Two days after the concert, Elvis started the filming for Blue Hawaii.

 

The USS Arizona's anchor

My wife went to Hawaii twenty years ago with girlfriends, and of course, they went to the USS Arizona Memorial.

 

USS Arizona War Memorial Finished

So she’s seen it, and I haven’t

 

People Entering the USS Arizona War Memorial.

My wife said it was a moving experience. I’m happy for her, but I’m a little jealous.

 

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