The Auction at Graceland Hits High Note with Strong Results from Bidders Worldwide
Elvis' First-Ever Recorded Acetate Brings $300,000
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During the Elvis Presley 80th Birthday Celebration, collectors from around the world raised their paddles in hopes of going home with a piece of Elvis history at the Auction at Graceland, which took place at the Graceland Archives Studio. Among the items in the auction were rare and unique artifacts from the collection of Letetia "Tish" Henley-Kirk, personal nurse to Elvis, the Estate of Barbara Klein Bauer, former wife of Elvis' close friend George Klein, and from various private collections, including the family of Ed Leek, who offered Elvis' first recording, a 78 mm acetate of the song "My Happiness," which topped the charts by bringing in $300,000 against a pre-sale estimate of $75,000-$100,000. All of the items in the auction were from third-party collectors and none of the items included in the auction came from the treasured Graceland Archives.
Riding the momentum created by the successful inaugural auction in August of 2014, various pieces of jewelry, movie memorabilia and personal items were among the 67 lots in the auction authenticated by Graceland Authenticated.
Other top items included Elvis Presley's First Sun Record, signed by Elvis, which sold for $32,500 against an estimate of $10,000 to $15,000. Elvis' friend Ed Leek was with Elvis to witness the initial production of Elvis' first Sun Studio record of "That's All Right" and grabbed one of the records, which Elvis signed to Ed, writing, "To a good pal, Elvis Presley," on the label.
A treble clef gold and diamond ring gifted to Sammy Davis Jr., sold for $32,500, against an estimate of $20,000 to $25,000.
An Elvis Presley gold concert-used scarf and ticket stub was secured for a bid of $10,625 against an estimate of $3,000 to $5,000.
A special Shelby County deputy sheriff badge, purchased by Elvis for his entourage in the 1960s, went for $8,750, against an estimate of $2,500 to $3,500.
A 16 mm reel of Elvis Presley in concert in Chicago in 1957, black and white footage 5 minutes and 15 seconds in length, went for $11,875, against an estimate of $1,500 to $2,000.
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