The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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To capitalize on Elvis’ meteoric rise to fame in popular culture in 1956, Elvis Presley Enterprises merchandise was created to sell a wide range of Elvis-themed items as diverse as clothing, fashion accessories, dishes, jewelry, footwear, electronics, magazines, toys and games. The plethora of products bearing Elvis’ name, image or both was staggering and this Elvis Presley facsimile autographed head scarf is a prime example of those efforts. This early merchandising scarf was the precursor to the concert scarves with printed signature that became all the rage later in Elvis’ career. The head scarf is offered with two handkerchiefs that would make a perfect accompaniment to the head scarf. The large white silk scarf features an image of Elvis in a blue shirt looking longingly at the viewer with “Best Wishes Elvis Presley” printed in brown below. This image is flanked by two additional renditions of Elvis playing the guitar, and his chorus is indicated by musical notes and the titles to the songs “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You” on the left and “Love Me Tender,” “Don't Be Cruel” and “You're Nothing But A Hound Dog” on the right. The scarf also has the 1956 EPE copyright printed near the corner. The pair of white, scalloped-edge handkerchiefs have images of Elvis, hound dogs, records and song titles in bright colors of red, blue and pink. The edges of these vibrant handkerchiefs are finished in red threading and both have the 1956 EPE copyright printed along a corner edge. As with most of the clothing merchandise created at the time, the intention was for use, so fewer survive today, making this grouping a veritable treasure trove. The head scarf measures 30 1/2 by 29 inches (77.47 x 73.66 cm), and the handkerchiefs each measure 13 by 12 inches (33.02 x 30.48 cm). The group is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated. 



The garments exhibit few defects but a few very mild stains. Near Mint condition.
1956 Elvis Presley Enterprises Head Scarf and Two Handkerchiefs (3 Items)
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Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $312.50
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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