The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2020
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From the Estate of Eddie Fadal

Elvis personally owned and worn clothing from the 1950s, early in his career, that is so well documented rarely becomes available, making the offered alpaca wool vest, originating from the family of Eddie Fadal, a true treasure. The alpaca is an animal native of South America known for its wool fiber. The wool is similar to that of sheep except that it is warmer, contains no lanolin and has a smoother surface making it less itchy than sheep wool and therefore more popular for creating clothing. The use of this wool for textiles dates back thousands of years when it was used to make clothing for royals, becoming known as the “Fiber of the Gods.” It is therefore only fitting that the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll would be adorned by a vest made from 100% alpaca wool.

Elvis was known for being at the forefront of fashion and in the 1950s he was captured on many occasions sporting this black alpaca vest with white trim around the front and top of the pockets. Elvis gifted the offered vest to Eddie Fadal and the vest comes with an image of Elvis in his Army uniform with Eddie wearing this vest. Eddie Fadal was a disc jockey in Dallas, Texas whom Elvis met in 1956 when Elvis was visiting radio stations in Texas to promote his records. A close friendship formed that lasted many years. Eddie and his family often hosted the Presley family at their home in Waco while Elvis was stationed at Fort Hood, and Eddie accompanied Elvis back home to Memphis when Gladys passed. The Fadal family dedicated a tree on their property in honor of Gladys. The bond between Elvis and Eddie was so great that Elvis once remarked that his true friends were few, but he counted Eddie as one of them. This handsome vest, worn on so many occasions by Elvis before gifting it to Eddie, is framed against a red background with a black-and-white image of Elvis with Eddie wearing the vest. This vest was worn on one such occasion by Elvis on August 9, 1958 in Euless, Texas before he gave it to Eddie. It was shortly after this date that Elvis’ mother became fatally ill and Eddie went back to Memphis with Elvis. The vest comes with a letter from Eddie Fadal’s daughter, Janice Fadal, in which she states:

My father, Eddie Fadal, met Elvis Presley in 1956 when he was a disc jockey on station KRLD in Dallas, Texas. Their friendship lasted more than 20 years, and Elvis was a regular visitor to the Fadal home while he was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. On September, 18, 1958, the night before Elvis was to ship out to Germany for two years, he hosted a gathering of friends and family and fan club presidents at his rented home in Killeen, Texas. It was a sad event not only for Elvis but for my father who had become close with Elvis over the previous couple of years. As the group said their tearful goodbyes, Elvis was distraught, and confided in my dad. He thought that if he were to be out of the public eye for so long that everyone would forget about him and his career would be over. My father assured him this would not be the case, and he was right. Elvis was wearing one of his favorite garments at the time, a dark-colored alpaca sweater vest trimmed in white. Dad had commented a few times to Elvis how “sharp” it looked on him. When Elvis was changing into his army-issued uniform, he handed the sweater vest to my dad as a gift. Dad immediately put it on and can be seen wearing it, standing next to Elvis in his uniform. The vest became a treasured object in our home. It was displayed in dad’s collection and seen by many Elvis fans who visited.

A personally owned and well worn piece of clothing for which photo documentation of Elvis wearing abounds. This stunning gift emanates directly from the family of Eddie Fadal. This impressive display measures 28 by 22 inches (71.12 x 55.88 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The vest presents with heavy wear and many areas of distress from use and perhaps storage issues at one time. There are a good number of holes in the fabric and a number of areas of the white piping have worn away. Very Good condition, overall.
1950s Elvis Presley Owned and Worn Alpaca Vest Gifted to Texas DJ and Dear Personal Friend Eddie Fadal - Emanating from the Fadal Family!*
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Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $5,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $42,500.00
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Number Bids: 21
Auction closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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