MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A highlight during Elvis Week 2018 is The Auction at Graceland when collectors, fans and pop culture enthusiasts from around the world will raise their paddles to bid in hopes of going home with a piece of Elvis history. The Aug. 12 auction will include artifacts from across the spectrum of collecting, including items owned by Elvis, gifted by Elvis, signed by Elvis, used by Elvis and created to promote “The King” and his career. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
The Graceland-Authenticated Auction will feature artifacts from Elvis’ personal and professional life including a Gen. Omar Bradley-owned pistol (below) that the five-star general gifted to Elvis and a signed contract for the hit song Love Me Tender.
Every lot in this auction has been thoroughly researched and certified by Graceland Authenticated, the authority in Elvis and pop culture authentication. All of the items in the auction are offered from third-party collectors; none of the items come from the Graceland Archives. The mansion and all artifacts in the Graceland Archives continue to be owned by Lisa Marie Presley and are not for sale.
Auction highlights include:
– Elvis Presley/stage manager Charlie Hodge stage-used black binder (top image) that held song lyric sheets specifically for Elvis during his live shows from 1972 to his last performance in Indianapolis in June of 1977 (est. $5,000-$10,000).
– Elvis Presley owned 14K gold Bulova wristwatch with “EP” engraved on the reverse (est. $8,000-$10,000).
– Elvis Presley owned large 14K yellow gold and blue lapis lazuli ring (below) with diamonds and garnets with photographs of Elvis wearing the ring on stage and a letter of provenance from Alan Fortas, a longtime Elvis employee and associate (est. $15,000-$20,000).
– Television set from Lisa Marie’s bedroom at Graceland – with a bullet hole from when Elvis shot it (est. $5,000-$10,000).
– Elvis Presley-owned Nudie’s brand brown suede jacket with beaded fringe, which he gifted to his Aunt Delta (est. $5,000-$10,000).
– Historic Aug. 27, 1956, Elvis Presley signed songwriter’s contract for song Love Me Tender, which topped the charts later that year (est. $20,000-$40,000).
– Historic Nov. 21, 1956, agreement signed by Elvis Presley and Colonel Tom Parker granting Parker 25 percent of all song publishing royalties (est. $10,000-$20,000).
– 1954 Sun Records acetate for Elvis Presley’s Blue Moon of Kentucky (Sun 209) with additional recordings on the reverse (est. $5,000-$10,000).
– 1970s Elvis Presley’s walnut desk and chair from his Beverly Hills home (est. $5,000-$7,000).