The Auction at Graceland•March 4, 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/4/2017
From the collection of “Rockin’” Robin Rosaaen.
In the 1950s, early in Elvis’ career, his manager, Bob Neal, hired well-known Memphis photographer William Speer to take some publicity shots of Elvis that could be used by Sun Records to promote the fledgling star. A novice in the world of photo shoots, Elvis came to Speer’s studio with no changes of clothing, so Speer had to stop after just a number of photos. Speer’s wife suggested that Elvis simply remove his shirt for a few more. The shy young man agreed and Speer was able to shoot 11 different images in total, which are today some of the most well-known images of the king. The offered image is not only one of the 11 different images taken at the shoot that day, but one of the most widely used by Sun Records to publicize its budding new musical talent.
This 1955 example has a bold blue “love ya Elvis Presley” salutation in the lower center on the reverse. This inscription from the dashing young musician is the type that made hearts swoon and helped to catapult this charming young man into superstardom. The photo measures 10 by 8 inches (25.4 x 20.32 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
The photo has two small areas of paper loss to the front along the top and bottom edges, heavy creasing overall, a stain to the left of Elvis’ head and pin holes at the top and bottom center. The reverse has minor staining and discoloration overall with a bright, bold signature (slight ink fading in some areas) and is overall in Good condition.