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Auction at Graceland: January 8th

Graceland Authenticated will present Auction at Graceland during the Elvis birthday celebrations on January 8th 2015. The auction will be a focal point of celebration during Elvis’ 80th birthday’s celebrations. The last auction was highly successful, and this auction will surely follow suit.

Laura Pickett, Graceland Auctions Managing Director said:

“Riding the momentum created by our successful inaugural auction in August, we have curated a group of some of the most important Elvis artifacts from around the globe, which have been authenticated by Graceland Authenticated, and will be offered for auction during our January 8, 2015 Live Event.”

You will have a chance to own part of the unique Memphis history surrounding Elvis. Each of the items available have been heavily researched by Graceland Authenticated, an organization that takes pride in accuracy.

Some of the incredible items up for auction include:

  • “My Happiness” Acetate: Elvis’ first record he created was produced at Memphis Recording Service (the home of the Sun Recording Company). In June of 1953 Elvis recorded “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” as a gift for his mother. The acetate never made it to his mother; because, he took it to his friend Ed Leek’s house, where there was a record playing that he could listen to his tracks on. It has been in private hands ever since, and it has the only copy of the song “My Happiness.”
  • Elvis’ first driver’s license: March 24, 1952, Elvis was issued his first driver’s license. His date of birth, 1/8/35, is recorded along with his brown hair color, blue eyes, height of 5’11, his original address typed in and updated address written in, and it does not feature a photo. The license expired July 1st 1953, and the license number, No 0197445, is listed. He had no violations as indicated on the back.
  • Second Louisiana Hayride contract: this contract, signed by Elvis, Gladys, and Vernon, committed Elvis to play every Saturday beginning the 12th of November, 1955, for a year.
  • Autographed copy of “That’s All Right” record: Elvis’ first recording on the Sun Record label. Elvis signed and wrote “to a good pal, Elvis Presley” for Ed Leek.
  • Jacket from “Viva Las Vegas:” This is the  jacket Elvis wore during a shooting range scene from his box office hit “Viva Las Vegas.”
  • 14 Karat gold and diamond necklaces “Tender Loving Care” and “Taking Care of Business:” These are the necklaces Elvis gave to Tish and Tommy Henley. He gave the “Taking Care of Business” necklace to men who were close to him, and the “Tender Loving Care” necklace to the women who were close to him.

The auction begins at 7:00pm at the new Archive Studio in Graceland. You can bid in person, online, and by phone. Online bidding will begin two weeks before the auction at Graceland.com/Auction. Thanks to a partnership with Invaluable, The Auction at Graceland will offer online bidding though the online catalog. You can view all the items at invaluable.com up for bids in the online catalog, and even bid online during the live auction on January 8th. All the items up for auction will also be displayed in Graceland beginning January 5th.

Invaluable’s CEO, Rob Weisberg said:

“We are thrilled to be offering live online bidding on the amazing selection of Elvis Presley artifacts and collectibles being offered by The Auction at Graceland. It is the chance of a lifetime for Elvis collectors, pop culture enthusiasts and music fans around the world to have the opportunity to own some of these incredible pieces from ‘The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ and we’re excited to give our bidders the opportunity to participate in this historic event.”

You can purchase an official catalog of the auction. With photos of Elvis and descriptions of the items up for bids this catalog would be a perfect gift for any Elvis fan. Costing only $20, this catalog will be available starting November 28th on shop.graceland.com.

For any further information about the auction visit Graceland.com/Auction

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