If Elvis had been alive today, he would have turned the big 80. Elvis memorabilia is worth its weight in gold and a fantastic investment; so if you’re keen for a slice of Elvis, Indian fans can now get their hands on some of his most unique items. One of the biggest ever Elvis auctions takes place on his birthday today at his home Graceland and through online bidding.
My Happiness Acetate - Elvis’ first-ever studio recording. It features just two songs “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin” recorded by Elvis as a gift for his mom.
Estimated value: Rs 70 lakhs - Rs 1 crore
Harry Levitch Gentleman’s Wristwatch: Made for Elvis by celebrity jeweller Levitch, this winding watch is unique for having the Star of David on its face; the design appears on the face every 20 seconds and is black the rest of the time.
Estimated value: Rs 14 lakhs
Diamond and Gold Ring: The King loved to wear jewellery and this 14-karat gold and diamond nugget style ring was worn by him in the early 1970s. The ring is a size ten.
Estimated value: Rs 15 lakhs
One of the rings worn by Presley who loved bling
First Driver’s License: Issued to Elvis when he was 17, this lists his address, date of birth (8th Jan 1935), occupation as student, hair colour as brown, eyes as blue & height as 5’11. Elvis carried it in his wallet till it expired in 1953.
Estimated value: Rs 12 lakhs
These sunglasses were worn by Presley at performances at Madison Square Garden
Elvis’ sunglasses: These unique prescription sunglasses have TCB (Taking Care Of Business) custom embellishments on both arms and were worn by the King during his performances at Madison Square Garden. The concerts spawned two hit albums.
Estimated value: Rs 10 lakhs
Elvis’ Star Of David Watch
Red Velour Shirt: Elvis wore this red velour pullover shirt (with a zippered collar!) onscreen in his blockbuster hit Girl Happy. Apart from being featured on the movie poster, this unique shirt was also worn by the King for various publicity photos in the early Sixties.
Estimated value: Rs 4-5 lakhs
To bid Readers can browse through over 63 items, register and bid on Graceland’s official auction page: www.auction.graceland.com/catalog.aspx
Fali R Singara is a Mumbai based Radio Jockey