Elvis Presley touched the hearts and lives of fans across the globe, and next week Elvis memorabilia will touch the passion (and pocketbooks) of many collectors of the King. Invaluable auctions will team up with Graceland Auctions for Elvis Week 2015 Auction At Graceland, which begins on Thursday, August 13 at 7:00 PM CST. The goal for the Elvis Week 2015 Auction at Graceland is to auction artifacts from across the spectrum of collecting, including items owned by Elvis, gifted by Elvis, written by Elvis, used by Elvis and created to promote the King and his career. 174 lots of exceptional antique Elvis merchandise — making it the largest and most comprehensive auction yet held on the grounds of Graceland.
Here are a few lots for example:
Lot 47: 1956 Elvis Presley Enterprises RCA Victor Model 7-EP-45 Record Player
Estimated Price: $500 – $1,000
In 1956, to commemorate its recording contract with Elvis, RCA offered an Elvis signature series of its popular 1955 portable EY series record players. The Elvis signature series is blue vinyl with a light blue tweed lid, white interior and white volume and tone finger wheels, while the tone arm and matching spindle top are tan in color. The lid has two snap arm closures on either side and a clear plastic carrying handle. The RCA Victor logo is in white on the front plaid cloth and Elvis Presley’s printed signature is in gold at the top front right corner. The interior has the original gold sticker listing the model number as 7-EP-45 and the serial number RVG 003375. This model proved not as popular as the EY series and therefore is much scarcer today. This portable Elvis signature series 45 record player enabled the enthusiast and fan to listen to the king on the go. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated. The record player measures approximately 7 1/4 by 12 by 12 1/2 inches (18.41 x 30.48 x 31.75 cm). Condition Report: The record player is in exceptional condition overall with only minor wear spots to the top of the lid consistent with age. The brass closures and hinges exhibit patina from age and the corners of the player are worn.
Estimated Price: $30,000 – $50,000
The offered jacket is one of two created by Sy Devore, noted Hollywood wardrobe designer, for Elvis Presley to wear during this now legendary dance scene with Ann-Margret in the 1964 MGM classic Viva Las Vegas.
Estimated Price: $4,000 – $6,000
Used to promote stops on Elvis Presley’s September 1970 tour, these venue-specific posters are few and far between, especially in such an exemplary state of preservation. In true Colonel style, the upper portion, graced by Elvis’ iconic portrait, was kept purposely generic and was printed on lighter weight paper in greater quantities. These could be used or sold anywhere Elvis was touring.
Estimated Price: $2,000 – $4,000
This rare 1970 promotional photo has been signed by Elvis “To Diane Best Wishes Elvis Presley.” Always the conscientious signer, Elvis saw fit to find the lightest area of the photo leaving a very readable result.