MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP Business Wire) - Online bidding for the largest ever Auction at Graceland is now underway at Graceland Auctions. The auction, which features 315 rare and authentic Elvis Presley™ artifacts and memorabilia, will be held during the 40 th anniversary Elvis Week, and will be the largest and most comprehensive auction held at The Guest House at Graceland resort hotel theater. The live Auction will take place on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. EDT/12:30 p.m. CDT.
Fans, music collectors and pop culture enthusiasts from around the world are expected to participate on site and online in this 40th anniversary auction, with all 315 lots expertly authenticated by the staff of Graceland Authenticated. All of the items in the auction will be offered from third-party collectors and none of the items included in the auction will come from the treasured Graceland Archives. The mansion and all artifacts in the Graceland Archives continue to be owned by Lisa Marie Presley and are not for sale. Graceland Authenticated sets a new standard for pop culture authentication and appraisal to ensure artifact accuracy and provide evaluations of privately-owned collections.
Among the items to be featured in the August 12 auction is an extraordinary stage-worn jumpsuit and jacket, estimated between $200,000-$250,000; a gold and diamond ram’s head necklace, estimated between $100,000-$150,000; and the bible used by Rex Humbard to officiate Elvis Presley’s funeral with handwritten notes by J.D. Sumner, estimated between $30,000-$40,000. Other notable items include:
1973 Elvis Presley Stage Worn Cape with Tiger Skin Pattern on the Interior, Estimate $70,000-$100,000 Elvis Presley Owned and Worn Brown Velvet Jacket, Pants and Cape Ensemble Made by I.C. Costume Co. – From the 1999 Graceland Archives Auction (C44A), Estimate $70,000-$80,000 November 6, 1954, Louisiana Hayride Contract Signed by Elvis Presley, Gladys Presley and Vernon Presley as well as Scotty Moore and Bill Black, Estimate $30,000-$50,000 Elvis Presley’s TCB Necklace Taken off His Neck and Gifted to His Personal Hairdresser Larry Geller, Estimate $30,000-$50,000 March 26, 1956, Elvis Presley Signed Contract Solidifying Colonel Parker as His Exclusive Management - One of the Most Famous Contracts in All of Popular Culture, Estimate $30,000-$35,000 Elvis Presley Owned and Worn Gold and Diamond Guitar Ring with “EP” Initials Gifted to Charlie Hodge, Estimate $20,000-$30,000 Historic January 25, 1956, Elvis Presley First Signed Document as an Adult - Certifying Earlier Agreements with Colonel Parker, Estimate $20,000-$25,000 Elvis Presley Owned and Worn Red “Elephant Corduroy” Suit Made by I.C. Costume Co., Estimate $60,000-$70,000
Select items are on display in Presley Cycles at Elvis Presley’s Memphis now through August 10. From August 10-12th, highlights will be on view in the Rock Conference Room at The Guest House at Graceland.
The Auction at Graceland collectible catalog is now available to order at store.graceland.com and features more than 250 pages, including photos and details of all the auction items. This exclusive catalog offers an up-close look at these special pieces of Elvis history and is a wonderful collector’s item. More details on purchasing the catalog and auction registration are available at Graceland.com/Auction.
Admittance to the live auction event is open to the public, however bidders must register in advance. Please visit https://www.graceland.com/auction.aspx to register for a bidding account. Registered bidders can reserve a paddle for in-person bidding by emailing auctioninfograceland.com. For more information about how to submit items for consideration for authentication services by Graceland Authenticated, please visit www.gracelandauthenticated.com. For consideration to be included in future Graceland Auctions, visit Graceland.com/Auction.
Photos of specific auction items are available by request to Libby Perry at lperrygraceland.com.
About Graceland and Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.
Elvis Presley’s Graceland, in Memphis, is music’s most important and beloved landmark, with hundreds of thousands of fans from around the world visiting the historic home each year. Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) manages the operations of Graceland and its related properties, including Elvis Presley’s Memphis, Graceland’s new entertainment and exhibition complex over 200,000 square feet in size; the AAA Four-Diamond Guest House at Graceland 450-room hotel; and the Graceland Archives, featuring thousands of artifacts from Elvis’ home and career. EPE also produces and licenses Elvis-themed live events, tours and attractions worldwide. Graceland Holdings LLC, led by managing partner Joel Weinshanker, is the majority owner of EPE. Auction A Circle and Graceland Auctions TNGL#5967 is the entity that manages Auctions at Graceland. In 2015, Graceland was named the world’s “Best Musical Attraction” and “Best Historic Southern Attraction” in the USA Today 10 Best Reader’s Choice Awards and in 2013, voted the #1 “Iconic American Attraction” in the same poll. For more information on EPE and Graceland, visit www.graceland.com.