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Elvis Presley Flea Market Has One-Night Stand at Graceland

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Wait, isn't that ...? Actually it's a Elvis Presley tribute artist leaving a portable toilet. (Chris Helgren/Reuters)

By    |   Friday, 14 Aug 2015 06:20 AM

An Elvis Presley auction that was more like an expensive garage sale or flea market for collectors of rock n' roll objets d' art was held Thursday night at his Graceland home in Memphis and included the jacket he wore in the 1964 film "Viva Las Vegas," some guns and lots of expensive trinkets.

More than 150 items belonging to the late singer went up for auction as part of the annual Elvis Week celebration, reported Reuters. The authenticated Presley items were from third-party collectors only and not from the mansion or Graceland archives which are owned by Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley.

Potential bidders started lining up in the morning for $20 tickets to get into the sale on the grounds of the estate where the man dubbed the king of rock 'n' roll died, said Jeff Marren, consignment director for Graceland Auctions.

"It's an exciting sale. I think it's going to do real well. It spans Elvis' life on screen and on stage. It could do as much as $1 million," said Marren.

One highlight of the auction, which took place in the Graceland Archives Studio on the mansion grounds, was Elvis' bone-colored, three-button, no-lapel jacket from the "Viva Las Vegas" dance scene with Ann-Margret, expected to go for an estimated $30,000 to $50,000, according to Graceland Auctions.

Other items on the block included Elvis' personal Walther PPK handgun, engraved "Elvis" and "TCB," meaning "taking care of business." Auctioneers expected that to bring in between $100,000 and $125,000.

Also up for bids: a "TCB" diamond and gold necklace given to Elvis by fellow Las Vegas entertainer Sammy Davis Jr., expected to bring in between $20,000 and $30,000, and a gold owl-shaped ring Elvis presented to a fan from onstage that was expected to bring in $15,000 to $20,000.

One of the higher priced items in the auction, a pale blue jumpsuit worn by Presley for early 1970s Las Vegas concerts, was withdrawn from bidding, Marren said. He said that was a common occurrence in the auction business.

Fans from around the world gather annually to celebrate the life of Presley, who died Aug. 16, 1977, in the bathroom inside the mansion on Elvis Presley Boulevard.


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An Elvis Presley auction that was more like an expensive garage sale or flea market for collectors of rock n' roll objets d' art was held Thursday night at his Graceland home in Memphis and included the jacket he wore in the 1964 film "Viva Las Vegas," some guns and lots of expensive trinkets.
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