Thursday, August 27, 2020

August 27 - (Un)Sold

Rockhurst Auctions sold various interesting Elvis items in their ‘Big 50’ Elvis auction. 

Top seller was am Elvis Presley stage-worn 18K gold watch with 26 diamonds - gifted to J.D. Sumner - who also wore it on stage. This sold for US$195,500 with an original estimate of US$200,000 - US$300,000. Another Elvis owned 14K Gold Genève watch with heavy gold nugget - also giffed to J.D. Sumner - failed to sell. 

Other noteworthy results:

- Elvis owned gold-colored belt with large ornate buckle - gifted to his Aunt Delta Biggs - sold for US$12,650.

- Elvis’ heavily notated and underlined copy of Cheiros’ ‘Fate In the Making’ - gifted to his confidant and hairdresser Larry Gellar - sold for US$9,775.

Gold records and some of the jewlery and even rejected concept art mock-up for the LP ‘ELVIS’ - known as ‘The Fool Album’) was sold, but moth of the items from Elvis’ wardrobe remained unsold. In total 20 of the 50 items received no bids, did not meet the minimum or were withdrawn. 

- Elvis’ Shure Model "SM58" microphone, used in the film ‘Elvis: Thats the Way It Is’ failed to sell. The estimate was US$15,000 - US$25,000.

- Elvis’  childhood home from 1241 Kelly St. in East Tupleo, Mississippi remained unsold as it received one bid of US$40,000 while the estimate was $80,000 - $100,000.

- Elvis’ worn “Starlight Wranglers” western button down shirt - gifted to a friend at The Bon Air Club in Memphis at one of his earliest concerts - received a max bid of US$20,000 and did not meet the estimate of US$40,000 - US$50,000. 

(Source: Rockhurst Auctions)