The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2020
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In 1956, one of his television appearances that helped cement Elvis Presley’s place in the minds of American fans was his stint on Hy Gardner Calling. Hy Gardner was an important influencer in the entertainment industry, and Elvis appearing on his show was a signal that he had truly arrived. Gardner’s column in the New York Herald Tribune was a mainstay in the business, so when Hy Gardner “called,” managers and agents perked up and listened. The offered documents tell the story of one such interaction between Gardner and Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker concerning some information about Parker that Gardner was looking to confirm before publication. The group emanates from the estate of Hy Gardner (and is accompanied by a signed COA signed by his wife, Marilyn Gardner) and includes a carbon of the December 9, 1957, letter sent to Parker from Gardner, Parker’s signed letter in response dated December 11, 1957, and the original two pages of notes to Gardner from publicity firm Mike Hall Associates. Firms like Mike Hall Associates would feed columnists like Gardner information for his shows and columns, and Gardner would pick and choose the topics he liked, and would often confirm with the concerned party prior to publication. The Mike Hall notes include two entries stating that Colonel Parker was considering writing his memoirs and that he had turned down a feature article by The Saturday Evening Post. Gardner’s short missive is asking Colonel Parker if either of these things are true. The Colonel’s response letter is extremely deferential to Gardner personally, starting by letting him know a personal gift is on the way from the Parkers, and continues on to explain that he is considering a memoir and that he did turn down the article. Colonel Tom doesn’t miss the opportunity to explain how many folks wanted to do stories about him, and that he just couldn’t figure out how to help them all! The Parker letter measures 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm) and the group is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The letter and other documents present with only original mailing folds and some minor wear. Near Mint condition overall.
1957 Colonel Tom Parker Signed Letter to Entertainment Columnist Hy Gardner with Related Documents
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Auction closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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