Elvis Presley Artifacts Sold at Graceland Auction
The King might be dead, but his things live on—and decades after the passing of Elvis Presley, people are still clamoring for a piece of his rock and roll legacy.
Bids were accepted online for weeks prior to the live auction, when all the bids were brought to the floor. Potential bidders paid $20 for tickets to the auction and many traveled from far away to nab some of the coveted memorabilia.
Laura Pickett, managing director of Graceland Auctions, told U.S. News that all the artifacts were from third-party collectors and nothing was from the Graceland archives. The mansion and the property therein are still owned by Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley.
The highest-selling items were Elvis’ personal Walther Model PPK/S 9mm Kurz Handgun with engraving ($62,500), a gold ring with diamonds and tourmaline worn by Elvis ($47,500), and a “TCB” diamond and gold necklace gifted to Sammy Davis Jr. by Elvis. “TCB” stands for “taking care of business” and is what Elvis called his band.
The most bid-on item was a 1970 Houston Astrodome Livestock Show and rodeo souvenir program featuring Elvis. It sold for $3750.
If you’re wondering whether it might be worth your while to get in on next year’s auction, the lowest price on a sold item was $313, for a Paramount invitation to a preview screening of Roustabout (starring Elvis) in 1964.
All items can be viewed at the Graceland Auctions site, but here are just a few to get you all shook up.