The Auction at Graceland•March 4, 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/4/2017
The Ed Sullivan Show, also known to many as Toast of the Town, invited Elvis for his third and last appearance on January 6, 1957. In this letter to Colonel Tom Parker in Madison, TN from Harry Kalcheim on William Morris Agency letterhead dated December 3, 1956, Harry discusses the adjustment to timing for the start of the filming of Loving You in order to accommodate Elvis’ appearance on the Sullivan show. The letter states:
Dear Tom: Our Coast office just advised that they have arranged with Hal Wallis for Elvis to report on Thursday, January 10th, for pre-production to the studio and to start on salary, as per contract, one week later on January 17th. This will enable Elvis to do the Sullivan show on January 6th and take a train to the Coast the following day. They have also arranged for a limousine to take Elvis to and from the studio. Please advise as to hotel reservations. Between the Beverly Wilshire and the Knickerbocker, they suggested the Knickerbocker as it is closer to the Paramount studio. They are also asking whether you have any other suggestions as to how they can help.
This letter offers a glimpse into the early interactions between Elvis, the Colonel and the Paramount studios. The letter, signed by Harry Kalcheim and measuring 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm), emanates from the 1999 Graceland Archives Auction (lot A221) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
The letter is in excellent condition overall with horizontal fold lines, two punch holes on left side, a staple hole in the center left side and a very minor red mark across the center top of the paragraph.
This lot has a Reserve Price that has not been met.