The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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The end of 1956 was a monumental time in Elvis’ career. Not only were his songs topping the charts, but he had his first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, which was a partial catalyst boosting his popularity and fame into the stratosphere. Only the year before in 1955 had Elvis broken his way into the spotlight when Hank Snow suggested Julian Aberbach check him out. Julian recognized the talent and helped his friend Colonel Tom Parker become Elvis’ manager and assisted in negotiating the move of Elvis’ contract from Sun Records to RCA. Julian, who was Australian born, began as a music publisher in the U.S. in the mid-40s and took on his younger brother, Joachim “Jean,” as partner in his company Hill & Range several years later. Hill & Range not only owned 50% of the publishing rights to Elvis’ songs (with Elvis Presley Music owning the other half), but Julian Aberbach hired his cousin Freddy Bienstock to head Elvis Presley Music as a way of maintaining control. Julian and Jean, along with Vernon and Elvis, comprised the board of directors of Elvis Presley Music, and offered is a “Minutes” document dated September 25, 1956 (the day before Elvis’ historic performance at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show in Tupelo) for the special meeting of the board of directors that has been signed by all four board members, including Elvis Presley. The typed, detailed minutes from this meeting on September 25, 1956 agree to payment retroactive to April 30th for expenses paid to “Elvis Presley - $100.00 per week / Col. Thomas A. Parker - $50.00 per week / Joachim Jean Aberbach - $50.00 per week / Julian J. Aberbach - $50.00 per week.” The colorful ink signatures on this important expense compensation document signify a pivotal period during the rise of this shining star. The document measures 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The document exhibits staple holes in the upper left corner, punch holes along the top and minor filing-related wear, including minor toning, some wrinkling and folds. Excellent to Mint condition.
1956 Elvis Presley’s Signed Elvis Presley Music Minutes
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Minimum Bid: $1,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $2,500.00
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Number Bids: 2
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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