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5: 1950s ELVIS PRESLEY'S PERSONAL BELT BUCKLE22: 1956 ELVIS PRESLEY SIGNED PHOTO
St. Louis, MO, United States
DoneJan 7, 2006 5:00 PM UTC

THE ELVIS EMPIRE COLLECTION

For all you Elvis Presley fans out there, you won’t believe the Elvis memorabilia up for sale in this special auction. We are offering one of the largest, privately held collections of Elvis Presley memorabilia ever to hit the market – almost $2 million worth! This auction is being held live in Beverly Hills, California.

This is the personal collection of Mr. Jim ‘E’ Curtin, a lifelong Elvis fan – but, not just any fan. Jim has been the foremost Elvis tribute artist for many years performing live before thousands nationwide. Additionally, Jim has authored numerous books on The King, and recorded several music CD’s – all the while amassing personal items related to this 20th Century pop culture icon – a phenomenal accomplishment for someone who genuinely idolized the legend.

Jim Curtin has been an avid fan of Elvis Presley since he was 8 years old. He has been collecting Elvis memorabilia for over 30 years, and is known to have one of the most extensive collections in the world, including over 20,000 photographs of Elvis as well as three of Elvis’ stage worn costumes.

Mr. Curtin’s collection is extraordinary for its content and rarity, as well as its massive quantity. There are thousands of original SUN and RCA record albums (both American and foreign labels, some autographed by Elvis) over a hundred promotional records, an extensive sheet music collection, thousands of magazines, thousands of postcards and advertising posters, and hundreds of pieces of Elvis memorabilia produced by Elvis Presley Enterprises.

One of the record highlights includes a rare 1966 RCA 45rpm for ‘I’ll be Back’. Framed under Lucite, the white label reads “For Special Academy Award Consideration Only”. This record was made for submission to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and is the rarest RCA Elvis single available to the public. Few were originally made and even fewer survived – this record being in outstanding condition.

From Elvis’ concerts, there are original ticket stubs, programs, backstage passes, worn scarves, guitar picks, belts, buckles – highlighted by three stage-worn suits. These elaborately, designed suits are well documented and coveted by the most avid collectors. One such suit is the nail-mirrored, white jumpsuit Elvis wore in concert at the Houston Astrodome on March 3, 1974 before a record-setting 44,000 fans. This suit was personally presented to Jim Curtin on March 31, 1975 by Elvis backstage in Las Vegas.

Another highlight of the collection includes two original ticket stubs to the Ed Sullivan TV Show on which Elvis appeared, October 28, 1956. Both stubs are inside the original ticket folder, and are the only ones known to exist. An incredibly rare offering housed in a Lucite holder and placed in a framed box.

The Elvis Empire collection will be auctioned over two days. The sale will take place in the ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Beverly Hills on January 7th & 8th. Viewing of all Elvis memorabilia is available during the week of the auction beginning on Tuesday, January 3rd at Regency-Superior's Beverly Hills Gallery. Online bidding with full color photographs is available on the web at www.RegencySuperior.com, and includes estimates and up-to-date opening bids. Additionally, collectors are able to bid via ‘eBay Live’ during the sale.

Completely dedicated to Elvis Presley, the auction catalog itself is sure to become a collectible item. The cost of the catalog is $29, and may be ordered by calling Regency-Superior toll-free at (800) 782-0066, or at their website. The cost of the catalog is refundable towards any purchase made at the sale.

Highlights from the Jim ‘E’ Curtin – Elvis Empire Collection:

RCA Record store streamers
Three original stage worn costumes & jumpsuits
1956 jewelry, bracelets and necklaces
Personal Elvis autographs
Complete movie collection (1,000+ pieces)
1956 bubblegum cards and boxes
1956 statues, wallets and belts
1956 Elvis game
1956 toys, games, shirts and scarves
1957 Elvis doll in a box
4,000+ original SUN & RCA records - 78s, 45s & 33s
Original concert tickets
Autographed SUN records
100 promotional records
Rare RCA record “I’ll be Back”
Extensive sheet music collection
Elvis Presley stamps and plates
Many movie premier souvenir items
1961 “Blue Hawaii” promotional leis
Original Elvis Presley Boulevard signs
1970’s Las Vegas stage used guitar pick
Elvis’ 1977 last tour guitar pick
Extensive Las Vegas Elvis Menu Collection
Elvis-worn white western dinner suit
Elvis complete decanters set
Elvis’ personal on tour used cane
Original Ed Sullivan ticket stubs
Elvis-worn brown western jacket
Elvis-worn denim dragon slacks
Approximately 100 pieces boxcar jewelry
Approximately 4,000 original magazines
Perfumes, binders
Very large Elvis Christmas collection
Extensive sealed sets of 8-tracks, cassettes, CD’s
Original Elvis worn concert scarves
Extensive postcard collection
Enormous advertising collection
Enormous fan club booklets collection