The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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Elvis and Johnny Cash share many similarities including service in the military, love of gospel music and both of their careers being launched at Sun Records. Beginning in late 1954, Johnny Cash recorded with Sun Records in the Sun Recording Studio in Memphis, and that continued until his move to Columbia Records in mid-1958. Sun Records continued to release recordings by Cash until 1964 from the material amassed during Cash’s time at Sun. Yet, it was at Sun Records on December 4, 1956 that Elvis dropped by while Carl Perkins was in the studio with Jerry Lee Lewis cutting tracks. Johnny Cash also happened to be in the studio that day and the four gathered together for an impromptu recording session together. The recordings from this pop-up session would later be released under the apt title, Million Dollar Quartet. Both Johnny and Elvis went on to realize success in their careers if not in very different ways. Offered are two artifacts from the early careers of both of these musical talents, including an Elvis inscription “Thanks, Elvis Presley” in blue ink on the back of a stiff, cardboard certification card, and a Johnny Cash promotional photo that has been signed and inscribed “To Teenie Best Wishes Johnny Cash.” 

The pair of signatures come with a missive on “EP Archives” of Las Vegas, Nevada letterhead, that recounts the story of acquiring the autographs from Mary Earnestine (Teeny) Murphree of Fulton, Mississippi. The letter states, in part: 

I saw Elvis perform at the National Guard Armory in Amory, MS. The concert was held in the early winter of 1955. Early November or Early December to the best of my recollection. [The show took place December 13, 1955.] Elvis performed with several future headliners that night including Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins who played Blue Suede Shoes. A country western singer named Charlie Feathers performed that night as well. Elvis met with several girls backstage and signed autographs before and after the various acts and performances. I grabbed this notification card and asked Elvis to sign the back of it. It’s signed, “Thanks, Elvis Presley.” Johnny was there selling promo photos which I purchased, and he also signed for me.

The rest of the story describes getting a $1 silver certificate signed by Elvis in 1956—that signed bill is available as a separate offering in this auction. A lucky evening for Mary to be able to witness these two greats performing the same evening and to then obtain the signatures of two members of what would later be recognized as the “million-dollar quartet.” The Elvis-signed card measures 2 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches (6.35 x 6.35 cm), and the Cash photo measures approximately 8 by 10 inches (20.32 x 25.4 cm). The pair is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The Elvis signed card presents with no defects. Near Mint to Mint condition. The Cash photo exhibits minor wear on the reverse, a small area of paper loss on the top border and several pin holes in the white border areas. Excellent to Mint condition.
1950s Elvis Presley Cut Signature with Johnny Cash Signed 8 x 10 “SUN Records” Promotional Photo
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $750.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $2,000.00
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Number Bids: 11
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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