July 24 - Graceland Auction Preview

Alvin Lansky died Sunday at 86, leaving a legacy of fashion and style befitting one of the brothers who helped outfit Elvis Presley and other rising stars.

Mr. Lansky grew up one of nine children of South Memphis storekeepers Samuel Louis Lansky and Anna Sarah Lansky. Like many of his siblings, he worked at Lansky Brothers, a Beale Street landmark where brothers Bernard and Guy Lansky became known as "Clothiers to the King" (of Rock 'n' Roll).

Mr. Lansky recalled in a 2011 interview that he had the honor of teaching young Presley how to tie a necktie. Mr. Lansky made his final mark on Memphis business selling fedoras, fezzes, Panamas and other headwear at Mister Hats.

Graceland Auction

Here is a preview of some of the items which will be featured in the upcoming Graceland auction during Elvis Week.  

January 8, 1935 Elvis Presley Birth Record Document from Delivering Physician Dr. Robert Hunt - Also Details the Birth of His Twin Brother Jesse. Estimate: $80,000 - 100,000
1973-74 Elvis Presley Signed American Express Card - The 

Finest Elvis Credit Card in Existence - He Never Left Home Without It! Estimate: $40,000 - 60,000

Elvis Presley Owned 1971 Colt Lawman MKIII .357 Magnum Revolver - With Unimpeachable Provenance. Estimate: $25,000 - 35,000

1971 Mathey-Tissot Custom-Made Watch with “ELVIS PRESLEY” on the Bezel - Gifted by Elvis to Producer Felton Jarvis to Commemorate Elvis’ “Ten Outstanding Young Men of America” Award Estimate: $10,000 - 15,000

J.D. Sumner’s Diamond-Studded TCB Necklace Gifted by Elvis Presley.  Estimate: $20,000 - 30,000

Elvis Presley's Signed and Inscribed Guitar Case (Possibly One of His First). Estimate: $10,000 - 15,000

1957 8mm Film of Elvis Presley Performing at the Chicago Amphitheatre - Nearly 5 Minutes of Unpublished Footage of Elvis in his Famous Gold Lamé! Estimate: $15,000 - 20,000 

Incredible Terry Wood Photography Archive Chronicling Elvis Presley’s September 26, 1956, Concert in Tupelo, MS - Including 43 Original Medium- and Large-Format Negatives (Most Never Published). Estimate: $15,000 - 20,000

Boots Worn by Elvis Presley in the Film "It Happened at The World’s Fair." Estimate: $10,000 - 15,000 

1960's Elvis Presley Owned Electric Guitar Gifted to Graceland Maid and Cook Nancy Rooks' Husband. Estimate: $20,000 - 30,000

Elvis Presley Worn Black Star Sapphire Ring Gifted to Al Strada. - With Strada’s Backstage Pass. Estimate: $10,000 - 15,000

1969 Elvis Presley Screen-Worn Blue Dress Shirt from "The Trouble with Girls." Estimate: $8,000 - 10,000

Circa 1969 Elvis Presley Owned and Worn Black Shirt, Black Pants and Gold Metal Belt. Ensemble.  Estimate: $12,000 - 15,000

“’68 Comeback Special” Foreign Distribution Contract Signed by Elvis Presley. - Includes MGM Cover Letter Sent to Colonel Parker’s Office Estimate: $8,000 - 10,000

Elvis Presley’s Custom Karate Gi Used to Design the McCormick “Elvis Karate” Bourbon Decanter and Accompanied by Original Decanter in Box. Estimate $ 20,000-30,000
(Source: Commercial Appeal / Graceland)