Tuesday, March 09, 2021

March 09 - Auction Items

Up for auction at Kruse GWS auctions are various Elvis Presley items. The main lot is 'Elvis' '68 Comeback Special' Hagstrom V-2 Guitar with a minimal bid of US$ $250,000.00.

Other items are SUN singles, signed by Sam Phillips, sheet music from the special, a 14K & Blue Enamel TCB Necklace, engraved Omega watch and more. 

DescriptionElvis Presley 1968 Comeback Special Hagstrom V-2 Guitar. 

This incredibly important artifact has not been offered for auction since the 1990s and is one of the most historically significant and iconic instruments of all time. This incredible piece of rock n' roll history is the red Hagstrom Viking II show guitar that was played by Elvis Presley in what was perhaps one of the most iconic performances by the superstar on national television to date, the "1968 Comeback Special." 

The '1968 Comeback Special', Singer Presents...Elvis, aired on NBC on December 3, 1968 and marked Elvis' return to live performance after seven years during which his career was centered on the movie business. 

Elvis Presley played this guitar in several segments of the show, and is pictured with it on the cover of the RCA album, From Elvis in Memphis. 

This guitar belonged to Al Casey, a wonderful musician in his own right, who performed in the backing band during the special. According to the accompanying letter from Casey, he was asked to let Elvis use the guitar by the producers, as they thought it would look beautiful on camera and with the set. Elvis used the guitar for the opening segment as well as during one of the live "stand-up" segments. 

The guitar comes with a notarized letter of authenticity from Al Casey, a second letter of authenticity from Casey, a notarized statement from Hal Blaine who was the drummer on the 68' Comeback Special and a letter from legendary producer Bones Howe, who was the music producer on the special. 

This stunning piece of history has not been offered to the public for over 25 years, and is truly a must have for any serious Elvis Presley collection.

(Source: Kruse GWS)