The Auction at Graceland•January 7, 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 1/7/2017
As a child, Colonel Parker worked as a barker in carnivals—it was this experience that would be the start of his career and where he would learn many of the lessons he used later in life as a professional manager to entertainers including Elvis Presley. Colonel Parker met Al Dvorin, a Chicago bandleader and talent agent, in 1955. The Colonel worked with Al Dvorin to book Elvis at variety shows and county fairs. At the urging of the Colonel, Al became more active in Elvis’ career and organized Elvis’ concert and personal appearances for the following 22 years. Offered is an award presented to Colonel Parker from Al Dvorin which features a gold-colored elephant figure, a likely reference to circuses and Colonel Parker’s beginnings in show business. The award’s top plaque reads “FROM AL DVORIN / TO MY PAL” and the bottom plaque reads “COLONEL TOM PARKER / WORLDS’ GREATEST SHOWMAN AND ALL AROUND NICE GUY / JUNE 15, 1957.” Colonel Parker was the world’s greatest showman before he became the ultimate snowman. The award’s base measures 5 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches (13.97 x 11.43 cm) and the trophy stands 8 inches (20.32 cm) tall. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
The award is in well-preserved condition with few defects. Near Mint condition.
This lot has a Reserve Price that has not been met.