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Some Interesting Results at the Latest Elvis Auction

Gotta Have Rock and Roll Website

Except for the two Auctions at Graceland, there haven’t been any sizeable selections of Elvis goodies at auction this past year. Finally, some good stuff showed up at the Gotta Have Rock and Roll auction that closed late last week. There were no rings or other jewelry, but three items of clothing fetched significant bids.

 

1970’s Custom Made Bell Bottom Pants and Corduroy Jacket:

Elvis' 1970’s Custom Made Bell Bottom Pants and Corduroy Jacket

This is a nice combo – black bell bottom pants with red kick pleats (not visible in this picture) and a black corduroy jacket. Both were custom made by IC Costume Co, and the jacket bears their label.

Bell Bottom Pants and Corduroy Jacket

In addition to the photo of Elvis wearing the outfit, both items came with letters of provenance. The projected bid price was $6-8,000, and it went for a little more at $8,860. Please note that all buyers had to pay an additional 20% service charge to all sell levels mentioned in this article.

 

Lansky’s Custom Made Black Wool Jacket:

Elvis' Lansky Custom Made Black Wool Jacket

The next two items came from Elvis’ favorite clothier in Memphis, Lansky Bros, and the coat above sported both the Lansky label and the “Styled for Elvis Presley” custom-made label.

Elvis' Lansky Bros Custom Made Black Wool Jacket - Label

But what makes this black fleck woolen jacket especially desirable is the accompanying photo of Elvis wearing it.

Lansky's Custom Made Black Wool Jacket - Elvis Wearing

The estimated selling price was $5-7,000, and this turned out to be accurate. The most spirited bidding on any Elvis clothing item brought in $7088 (plus that extra 20% for the auction house)

 

1950’s Lansky Custom Made Stage Suit:

Elvis' 1950's Custom Made Stage Suit

Unlike the first two items, Elvis wore this outfit when he performed on stage (according the auction website description). If so, I’m surprised none of the previous owners has been able to find a photo of Elvis wearing it. Still, there is the Styled for Elvis Presley custom Lansky label on both the royal dark blue jacket with black velvet lapel trim and the blue-grey pants. The winning bid came in at $8860, just over the high estimate.

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Porcelain Monkey From Graceland:

Elvis' Porcelain Monkey From Graceland

This is the first of several items that have interesting stories. When I saw the pre-auction estimate of $2-3,000, I said, “No way.” For that kind of money, I’ve seen dozens of other Elvis collectibles I’d rather own.

Elvis' Porcelain Monkey From Graceland in TV Room

However, this photo showing the monkey in the TV room at Graceland and a letter of provenance from Charlie Hodge persuaded somebody to part with $1,612 to own it.

 

15 Priscilla Presley Original 2 x 2 Color Transparency Slides:

Priscilla Presley Original Transparency Slides

I guess there weren’t any Priscilla Presley fans following this auction, because nobody even bid the $25 minimum. I’ve never seen any of these pictures before (and I’ve downloaded many dozens of Priscilla photos over the years).

Priscilla Presley and Bull

This seems like a missed bargain – picking up fourteen rare pics of Priscilla for $25

 

Three Photographs of Elvis:

3 B&W Elvis Photos

Now, here’s some photos that really appealed to the bidders. The pre-auction estimate was $50-100, but I knew that was way low. I have never seen the two pictures on the left, and I’ve seen literally thousands of Elvis photos. Sure enough, these three 8 x 10 black and white original photographs had more bids than any other item in the auction (18) and brought in $541.

 

10th Anniversary Half-Ounce Fine Silver Coins:

Elvis Presley 10th Anniversary half ounce fine silver coins

These ten coins brought in $80, which is not that much of a premium over the price for their weight in pure silver. Maybe if the owner had bothered to polish them up before offering them….

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1957 Civic Center Concert Poster Reproduction:

1957 Elvis Concert Poster Reproduction

It is a mystery to me why the pre-auction estimate on this was $2-300. The auction website clearly says REPRODUCTION. Nobody thought this fake was worth the $100 minimum bid. No surprise.

 

Elvis Presley Special Edition Graceland Gift Set:

Elvis Presley's Graceland Special Edition

Elvis Presley special edition Graceland gift set Box

The auction website has one short sentence describing this item: “Recreate your own personal Graceland with this Elvis Presley special edition Graceland gift set.” Plus the two pictures above – and this:

Elvis Presley special edition Graceland gift set Inside

What is all that stuff? I couldn’t figure out what they were offering, and apparently the bidders couldn’t either. Nobody would cover the $200 minimum bid.

Box Elvis Presley's Graceland

So, I looked it up on eBay and the photos and description there made it very clear. This box contains a miniature Graceland at Christmas set — lighted ceramic Graceland building, 1955 Pink Cadillac Fleetwood, wrought iron gate, the original Christmas lawn decorations, and six mylar twinkling trees. Look at the first photo again to see it all put together.

Inside Box - Elvis Presley's Graceland

With this picture you can see some of the listed items. This set was introduced as a limited edition in 2000 and retired on January 8, 2001. A few are currently available on eBay for $2-300. I’m sure it would have sold at this auction if the owner had bothered to describe what he was selling.

 

 

 

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Memories of Elvis — By His High School Classmates, Part 4

When I did the third installment of high school memories of Elvis, I thought it was finished.  However, I recently discovered an article in a 1989 issue of Elvis International magazine titled “Memories of Elvis.”   It was written by a former Humes High School student named Earl Green.  Research indicates he was not in Elvis’ 1953 graduating class, perhaps a year ahead, but he did live in Lauderdale Courts and seems to have known Elvis pretty well.  Here is what he remembered.

As a student at L.C. Humes High school in Memphis, Elvis Presley was very nervous and shy at first.  When he first reported to school he admitted, “The hair on my head felt like it was standing straight up.”

He was a tall handsome boy with long sideburns (which he said he grew to make himself look older).  He also suffered from acne, the skin inflammation that is so often a difficulty for teenagers.  He had a healthy appetite for girls and enjoyed dating, and girls liked being his date.

Rosemary Barracco at Class Swim Party the Day Before Graduation

 

He was a member of R.O.T.C., a required course in Memphis city schools.  It was one of his favorite subjects and he wore his uniform proudly, unaware at the time that in a few years he would be wearing a very similar uniform… that of the U.S. Army.

 

Elvis tried out for and made the football team, the Humes High Tigers.  He played end for one season but didn’t play in many games and he never scored a touchdown.  It was said that the coach told him to cut his long hair, so he dropped football.

 

 

While other guys at Humes wore plain colored or plaid shirts, Elvis often wore loud shirts.  He came to school one day wearing a purple, satin shirt.  “They’re snickering at me,” he said.  “They don’t like it.”

“You like it, don’t you?” I said.  “That’s all that counts.”

Elvis was very shy in school at first, and when it came to music, he was even more shy.  Occasionally, he would bring his guitar to school and sit in home room strumming it before classes started.  Students would gather around him and ask him to sing, but he usually refused because he had a severe case of stage fright.  He seemed to want to run away and yet he wanted to stay and see it through.  On one occasion, after much coaxing from the students, Elvis finally sang a few bars of a country and western song interspersed with a few shy chuckles.  You could feel the magnetism of the singer’s personality as students gathered around him to listen.

At one time during his Humes High days, Elvis lived in a federally funded housing project, Lauderdale Courts, in a ground-floor apartment at 185 Winchester Street.  My family lived at the same address on the third floor.  Elvis’ mother, Gladys, walked Elvis to school … until he was in the ninth grade.

Lauderdale Courts

 

As the school days and years went by, Elvis slowly developed confidence.  When one of his teachers was chosen to be the producer of the senior variety show, she put Elvis in it.  This was his first performance on stage.  This act alone was instrumental in helping Elvis cast off much of his shyness and stage fright.  Years later, he said, “I wasn’t nervous.  I was petrified.”

Elvis wore a loud shirt in the variety show.  His long sideburns and loud clothes helped him establish an identity and thereby added to his confidence.  There was not enough time for all the acts to have an encore, so it was decided that the act that drew the most applause would get the encore.  The audience really liked him.

Humes Talent Show Program

 

While attending Humes High, I was an usher at the old Malco Theater at the corner of Main and Beale.  At the same time, Elvis was an usher at Loew’s State Theater in downtown Memphis.  His salary was $12.75 per week.

 

Elvis had a penchant for loud apparel.  When he could afford it, he would buy clothes at Lansky Brothers, a clothing store on Beale Street, the street made famous by W.C. Handy, the black composer of blues songs.

 

This young, mad, Elvis Aaron Presley, who lived only a few miles from legendary Beale Street, would soon explode on the music world with unequaled success.  Thank God he left us all a legacy of records and films we can treasure and enjoy for years to come.

 

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