This Heritage auction had over 300 Elvis items up for bidding during Elvis Week 2012. They even commissioned their own Elvis drawing to publicize the event. It’s easy to imagine that the folks at EPE checked it out and realized this was popular with the fans and a good way to make money. So, Graceland got into the Elvis auction business, and Heritage hasn’t been back to Memphis since.
Yet another Auction at Graceland was held this weekend, purposely scheduled to compliment to opening of Elvis Presley’s Memphis. In the past eight months, there have been three other of these –coupled with Elvis Week, the opening of the Guesthouse at Graceland, and Elvis’ birthday celebration. The proliferation of theses auctions at Graceland have completely sucked the Elvis market away from other companies that present entertainment memorabilia auctions.
For some reason, the latest Auction at Graceland has over 40 Elvis movie posters, and most of them are from foreign countries. Like this Romanian poster for Girl Happy. I thought it was interesting that they chose to show Shelly Fabares doing her drunken striptease dance and Elvis and the guys looking through the blinds of the motel room window. Almost looks like they are in jail.
Most of the foreign Elvis movie posters had artwork rather than screen shots from the film. This one above from Belgium for The Trouble with Girls has a terrific drawing. But most of the others were a little off the mark. (Some were off by a lot.)
Like this Australian poster for Easy Come, Easy Go. Check out the close-up.
Does this look like Elvis to you?
This poster from Spain for It Happened at the World’s Fair has both a good Elvis image and a bad one.
This is pretty good.
This is definitely not a good reproduction of Elvis.
This Italian poster for Kissin’ Cousins also has two drawings of Elvis.
Soldier Elvis looks a little better than mountain-man Elvis.
This Argentinean poster for Roustabout is the first of two showing Elvis on a motor cycle.
Doesn’t quite cut it. For me anyway.
And this is a Belgian poster for Clambake.
It’s fair, I guess. But what is she wearing? Is that supposed to be a helmet?
This is a better Elvis on an Australian poster for Jailhouse Rock. At least they did a terrific job on the hair. While the movie was in black and white, most American posters were color. I guess the Aussies thought it was artsy to do the poster in B & W also.
Here’s another poster for Easy Come, Easy Go, this time from Germany.
This guy sort of reminds me Elvis. I don’t like the brown smudge on his cheek and chin.
Elvis movies even played in Turkey. The artist for Speedway liked Elvis skinny and Nancy Sinatra buxom.
Handsome guy. Sort of looks like Elvis.
Another Australian poster. The Elvis image this time isn’t near as good as their one for Jailhouse Rock.
Sorry. Not so much. Looks like he has a knife wound on his cheek.
Let’s end with a good one. This is a Belgian poster for Roustabout.
Looks like Elvis to me.
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