Graceland and Memphis expects largest Elvis Week ever
New multi-million dollar hotel and entertainment complex open and ready
Elvis Presley fans around the world are preparing to celebrate the 40th anniversary Elvis Week in Memphis, Tennessee to honor their Rock n’ Roll King. This celebration marks the first ever for The Guest House at Graceland and Elvis Presley’s Memphis, a new $45 million, 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex at Graceland.
One of the most anticipated events for collectors is a Saturday, August 12, 12:30 p.m. auction to be held in the theater of the new hotel complex, The Guest House at Graceland. Hosted by Graceland Auctions, a highlighted offering that has already exceeded its Minimum Bid Reserve of $100,000. As of July 30, 2017 an online bid has come in at $150,000 for LOT #34.
The “Elvis Presley Owned and Stage-Worn Sleeveless Jumpsuit and Jacket Made by I.C. Costume Co.” is estimated to be worth between $200,000 to a quarter of a million dollars.
“At the age of 40 in 1975, Elvis was going strong, with three tours on the road and three sets of performances in Las Vegas in addition to his New Year’s Eve concert in Pontiac, Michigan,” Graceland Auction describes the offering. “Jumpsuits were a staple of his show wardrobe at the time, and the offered navy blue “Blue Armadillo” jumpsuit is an exemplary example of the evolving style of jumpsuit Elvis wore.”
Currently LOT #252, “Elvis Presley Handwritten and Initialed Note-“WHEN YOU’RE NOT IN LOVE, YOUR NOT ALIVE – GOD IS LOVE. E.P.,” has the most bids, 15, of any item at $3,800. It’s estimated price was $2,000-$3,000.
Graceland Auctions touts this as their “largest and most all-encompassing auction yet, with something for every budget and every collector” and includes concert and personally-owned and worn jewelry, historical documents, awards, movie memorabilia and advertising materials.
Every artifact is authenticated by Graceland Authenticated, LLC. All of the items in the auction will be offered from third-party collectors and none of the items 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.
Other significant items offered include:
Elvis Presley Owned and Worn Gold and Diamond Ram’s Head Necklace, Estimate $100,000-150,000
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
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 Week Calendar
Memphis and Graceland expects Aug. 11-19, 2017 to be the largest Elvis Week observance ever. Just some of the highlights on this year’s calendar include:
Elvis Fan Reunion. Team trivia, fan photos, games and more. 2 p.m. Aug. 11. $10. Graceland Soundstage A at Elvis Presley’s Memphis.
The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley Celebration Concert. Featuring Bill Baize, Donnie Sumner, Larry Strickland and Ed Hill, former members of JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet, plus videos of Elvis on the big screen. 8 p.m. Aug. 12. $40. Graceland Soundstage A, Elvis Presley’s Memphis.
Elvis 101. Panel discussion with scholars, authors and Elvis experts, including biographer Peter Guralnick. 10 a.m. Aug. 13. $20. Graceland Soundstage A, Elvis Presley’s Memphis.
George Klein’s Elvis Mafia Reunion. Klein, a longtime friend of Elvis, hosts a gathering of people who were close to the singer, reminiscing and answering questions. 5-7 p.m. Aug. 13. $45, including dinner and show. All proceeds benefit Make-a-Wish and the EP Charity Dinner. Alfred’s, 197 Beale St., Memphis. 901-525-3711, www.graceland.com.
Conversations on Elvis: Elvis Family & Friends. Special guests include Elvis’ ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, plus Elvis’ friends Jerry Schilling, Bill Medley, Bill Morris and Guy Harris. 10 a.m. Aug. 15. $25. Graceland Soundstage A, Elvis Presley’s Memphis.
Songwriters Showcase. Music and stories behind songs written for Elvis. Confirmed guests include Mac Davis, Mike Stoller and Mark James. 3 p.m. Aug. 15. $30. Graceland Soundstage A, Elvis Presley’s Memphis.
Candlelight Vigil. After an opening ceremony at the gates, fans are invited to walk up the driveway to Elvis’ grave site and back carrying a candle in quiet remembrance. Gates typically remain open until the early morning hours of Aug. 16, the anniversary of Elvis’ passing. 8:30 p.m. Aug. 15. Free. Graceland front gate.
Elvis: Live in Concert. A symphony orchestra performs live onstage with Elvis himself, performing on the big screen. 8 p.m. Aug. 16. $65-$300. FedEx Forum, 191 Beale St., Memphis. 1-800-238-2000 or 901-332-3322, www.graceland.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
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