Elvis Week today–Auction at Graceland preserves memory

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Current bid on Jumpsuit is $111,000

Elvis Week highlights

Thousands of Elvis Presley fans are pouring into Memphis via planes, buses, trains and cars for the 40th anniversary of the King’s death of August 16, 1977. Some estimates claim up to 80,000 could be in attendance this year which would be more people at Graceland, the home of the Presley family, than any time since his death.

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Special security precautions are in place to handle crowd control and safety according to city and law enforcement officials. Beale Street, the historic home of the Blues, has seen an uptick in visitors as more people arrive for the week long festival and tributes. Today’s big event is the Auction at Graceland. Nothing from the Graceland archives are offered.

‘Auction at Graceland’ will be held today, Saturday August 12

Graceland Auctions is hosting a robust auction event during this very special 40th anniversary Elvis Week. With just hours away, the Elvis owned jumpsuit has a current bid of $111,000 and we anticipate it could reach up to $150,000, exceeding the estimated value of $100,000-$150,000.

Elvis Presley Owned and Worn Gold and Diamond Guitar Ring with “EP” Initials Gifted t Charlie Hodge currently at $75,000.

The Elvis Presley Owned and Worn Gold and Diamond Ram’s Head Ring has a current bid of $7,500. Other current bids include:

Elvis Presley Owned and Worn Gold and Diamond Ram’s Head Bracelet Gifted to Tour Promoter Tom Hulett at $10,000.

Elvis Presley Owned and Used U.S. Carbine .30 Caliber M1 Rifle (M1A1 Model) has six bids in topping out so far at $7,600.

Elvis Presley Owned Gold and Diamond Ring Gifted to Charlie Hodge – 11 Total Diamonds at $6,500.

The “International Hotel Presents Elvis August 1969” Still Sealed Complete VIP Box Set at $2,600.

“We encourage participation in this incredible auction to help preserve the memory of Elvis for future generations through these treasures,” their press released states.

“The auction includes a wide and diverse range of artifacts from an extraordinary stage-worn jumpsuit along with more concert and personally-owned and worn clothing to jewelry, advertising materials, awards and movie memorabilia. This is our largest and most all-encompassing auction yet, with something for every budget and every collector.”

Auction highlights include:
– Elvis Owned and Stage-Worn Sleeveless Jumpsuit and Jacket Made by I.C. Costume Co. – From the 1999 Graceland Archives Auction (C36A), Estimate $200,000-250,000 – see photo below 
– Elvis 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 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 TCB Necklace Taken off His Neck and Gifted to His Personal Hairdresser Larry Geller, Estimate $30,000-50,000
– The Bible Used by Rex Humbard to Officiate Elvis Presley’s Funeral and the Handwritten Notes Dictated by J.D. Sumner Outlining Elvis’ Funeral Service,  Estimate $30,000-40,000
– March 26, 1956, Elvis Presley Signed Contract Solidifying Colonel Parker as His Exclusive Management – One of the Most Famous Contracts in Pop 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” SuitMade by I.C. Costume Co.,  Estimate $60,000-70,000
Additional highlights include artifacts from the Estate of Scotty Moore and from the Trude Forsher Archive.
Go here to Graceland auctions for more details

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:

August 11

Elvis Fan Reunion. Team trivia, fan photos, games and more. 2 p.m. Aug. 11. $10. Graceland Soundstage A at Elvis Presley’s Memphis.

August 12

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.

August 13

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.

August 15

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.

August 16

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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