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February 14, 1964, Elvis Presley Signed Check - Signed "E.A. Presley"
<p>On January 30, 1964, the Colonel purchases Franklin D. Roosevelt's retired yacht, the <em>Potomac</em>, in Elvis' name for the sum of $55,000 as a publicity stunt to donate to one of Elvis' favorite charities, the March of Dimes. Upon their refusal of the gift, the Colonel finds another suitable recipient in St. Jude's Hospital. Elvis arrives in Long Beach on February 14, 1964, the date the offered check was written, to present the <em>Potomac</em> to Danny Thomas, accepting on behalf of St. Jude's. While in Los Angeles during this time period, Elvis would stay in his rented house at 525 Perugia Way. Elvis rented this house, where he later met the Beatles, from September 1960 to November 1961 and then again from January 1963 to 1965. The check, number 909, drawn from the "E.A. Presley" account at the National Bank of Commerce in Memphis, is made out to "Cash" in the amount of $100. The check is signed in blue ink "E.A. Presley" and is notated on the left margin in another hand, "House expense for Calif." The reverse of the check has been endorsed by Lillian Jackson, who was the housekeeper and cook for Elvis at Perugia Way and was married to the butler of the house, Jimmy Jackson. Less than a week after this check was written, Vernon writes Joe Esposito in California to reprimand him for sloppy bookkeeping. Vernon kept a close eye on Elvis' finances as he was always concerned about falling into financial ruin. Perhaps Vernon was not keen on a large sum of "cash" being withdrawn. A timely account of Elvis' payments to the upkeep of his Los Angeles home. The check, measuring 2 by 8 1/4 inches (5.08 x 20.95 cm), is accompanied by a letter of authenticity by Graceland Authenticated.</p> The Auction at Graceland
Elvis Presley Signed Check for Muscular Dystrophy Association - With
A famous comedian well known for his slapstick humor, Jerry Lewis became synonymous with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and was founder and host for the annual Labor Day Telethon from 1966 to 2010, raising over $2.6 billion for the cause. Also known for his giving spirit, Elvis donated to this worthy organization supported by Lewis. The offered check, number 115 dated August 6, 1972, for the very generous sum of $1,000, has the handwritten note “Charitable Donation c/o Jerry Lewis” and is signed “E.A. Presley.” The reverse of the check displays the stamp, “Thanks for Your Contribution to Muscular Dystrophy Associations / Jerry Lewis / This is Your Official Receipt from the Telethon” which was used to endorse the gift checks received by MDA. This check exemplifies the support and love shown by these two legends for an amazing organization. The check measures 3 by 8.25 inches (7.62 by 20.96 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated. The Auction at Graceland
Gold, Diamond and Rock Crystal Quartz Ring Gifted by Elvis Presley
This lovely 18-karat yellow gold, rock crystal quartz and diamond flower-shaped ring was gifted to Linda Thompson by Elvis. The ring's design is reminiscent of a classic Tiffany lamp, and it was perhaps inspired by the Belle Epoque. In 1988, Linda decided to part with some of the jewelry gifted to her by Elvis at a Christie’s auction in New York. The auction was mentioned in a National Enquirer article at the time entitled, “Elvis’ Ex Selling Off His Glittering Gifts of Love,” although Thompson was clear to mention that she was not selling for the money but only to share these precious mementos with others that would appreciate them. Of the 34 jewels offered in that Christie’s sale, this gorgeous gold, diamond and frosted crystal quartz ring was one.The flower design is centered with 9 clustered, round, brilliant-cut diamonds weighing approximately 0.98 carats. The ring is offered with a copy of the National Enquirer article, a page of a Jim Norman auction catalog in which the ring is pictured and identified as “Rock Crystal Diamond & 14K Ring. A Gift 1974,” and a letter appraisal from Jimmy Smith Jewelers in which he appraises this and the other emerald and diamond ring once belonging to Linda Thompson also being offered elsewhere in this auction. The high quality ring is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated. The Auction at Graceland
Elvis Presley "Easy Come, Easy Go" Soundtrack "Not For Sale" 45 EP
<p>In Paramount Pictures' 1967 musical comedy entitled <em>Easy Come, Easy Go</em>, Elvis plays Ted Jackson, a former U.S. Navy frogman who splits his time between being a deep-sea diver and night club singer. When Ted finds a sunken treasure and sets out to capture the potential fortune, his plans are foiled, as the movie's title indicates. The picture was Elvis' 23rd film and the last one produced by Hal Wallis. The soundtrack for the film included six songs that were recorded at the Paramount Studios in Hollywood in September of 1966. The extended play single was released to coincide with the premiere of the movie in March 1967. Offered is a "Not for Sale" white-label 45 EP of the soundtrack (EPA 4387) that includes the songs: "Easy Come, Easy Go," "The Love Machine," "Yoga Is As Yoga Does," "You Gotta Stop," "Sing You Children," and "I'll Take Love." The soundtrack failed to make the Billboard charts and its poor performance makes this "Not for Sale" white-label 45 EP even more rare. The 45 measures 7 inches (17.78 cm) in diameter, comes with a commercial picture sleeve and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.</p> The Auction at Graceland
Multi-Platinum Record Award for Elvis Presley's Album Elvis' Golden
This award was “Presented to Bob Miller to commemorate RIAA Certified Platinum Sales of More Than 6,000,000 copies of the RCA Records Label album, cassette and CD ‘Elvis’ Golden Hits.’” Bob Miller, along with Bill Trader, wrote the song “(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such As I” which Elvis recorded in June 1958. The award display is centered on a platinum-toned record with a black-and-white pictorial label of Elvis holding a record award and also contains a plaque, CD and cassette tape, and an image of the original cover for Elvis’ Golden Records. The compilation of Elvis’ hit singles from 1956 and 1957 is considered to be the first “Greatest Hits” album ever issued and was the first of five Elvis’ Golden Records volumes to be released. The album was awarded 5X Platinum on March 27, 1992, and 6X platinum on July 15, 1999, by the Recording Industry Association of America. The award display measures approximately 21 by 16 3/4 inches (53.34 x 42.54 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of Authenticity from Graceland Authenticated. The Auction at Graceland
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