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Invaluable’s Third Auction at Graceland Features Elvis Presley’s Guitar, Letter and More

Lot 89: 1972 Elvis Presley 30-Sheet Billboard Promoting the "Elvis Summer Festival" at the Las Vegas Hilton (Photo: Invaluable.com)
Lot 89: 1972 Elvis Presley 30-Sheet Billboard Promoting the “Elvis Summer Festival” at the Las Vegas Hilton (Photo: Invaluable.com)

The Elvis Presley’s birthday week is going well, and Invaluable has returned for a third time to sell rare Elvis Presley’s items at Graceland on Thursday, January 7, the day before Elvis’ birthday.

Ryan Stills, who works for Invaluable, said in an email, “The Auction at Graceland, starts at 7:00 PM CST on the 7th. To honor the memory of his great talent, we are pleased to announce the opportunity to participate in the upcoming Auction at Graceland. This is the third Elvis auction we’ve held since last year. Elvis sang his way into the hearts of fans and his light continues to shine in the hearts of collectors and fans everywhere. His legacy lives on, and what better way to continue that than owning a piece of his history!”

The auction will take place at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. Those interested in bidding in person or enjoying the festivities can buy the tickets in the Graceland Ticket Pavilion on Thursday, January 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tickets are $20 each. However, those who are bidding in person must register in advance. Registration is available online at www.graceland.com/auction.

There will be a livestream of the auction which can be seen here: livestream.com/ElvisPresleyGraceland/AuctionatGraceland2016.

Ryan Stills at Invaluable listed three one-of-a-kind items featured in this auction.

invaluable elvis stage guitar

Lot 24: Elvis Presley Stage-Used Guitar from January 14, 1973 “Aloha from Hawaii” Concert
Estimated Price: $300,000 – $500,000

This guitar, the Ebony Dove, was the most photographed and widely seen of any of Elvis’ guitars as he played it during the January 1973 Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite concert broadcast. This very guitar made it into the homes of nearly a billion fans around the world via television and is his most used guitar. The guitar show heavy stage use, with many scratches and scuffing on the reverse from Elvis’ belts and jumpsuits.

The starting bid is $150,000.

invaluable elvis letter

Lot 31: 1958 Elvis Presley Handwritten Two-Page Letter to Alan Fortas
Estimated Price: $30,000 – $50,000

Widely respected for his service in the Armed Forces, Elvis was enlisted as a private in the Army and was stationed in Germany during his tour. Despite all the smiles we see in publicity photos of Elvis in uniform and the attention paid to the celebrated private, he was treated much like any other enlisted man, and as such his duties were not always enjoyable. This amazing two-page handwritten letter from 1958 is a true glimpse into the mind of Elvis during his time in Germany, as he pens his thoughts to his friend Alan Fortas. Signed “Your Pal, Elvis Presley,” and comes in original envelope.

The starting bid is 15,000.

invaluable concert film

Lot 85: April 5, 1972 Complete Elvis Presley Concert Film from the Memorial Auditorium Show in Buffalo, NY
Estimated Price: $25,000 – $35,000

Recorded only four days prior to filming Elvis on Tour, director Robert Abel captured Elvis Presley’s concert on April 5, 1972, at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, NY. The performance captured an artist in complete command of his form, with Elvis at the peak of his singing and onstage abilities. Highlights include a 5+ minute rousing rendition of “Suspicious Minds,” a spot-on “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” and a moment when Elvis has the lights turned up in the arena to see the crowd just as, right in front of the camera, we catch a glimpse of a security guard stopping an eager fan from charging the stage.

The starting bid is $12,000.

The Auction at Graceland on Invaluable has 126 lots total, all up for auction. These lots include Elvis Presley’s beloved gold rings, iconic Neostyle 1970 ‘Nautic’ sunglasses, the Humes High School yearbook signed by Elvis and the Elvis and Priscilla’s wedding photo album.


Callie Daniels Bryant is the senior managing editor at HottyToddy.com. She can be reached at callie.daniels@hottytoddy.com.

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