The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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From The Tar-Zen Collection

In the summer of 1959 during his Army assignment in Germany, Elvis was awarded two weeks leave for himself and three friends—Lamar Fike, Rex Mansfield and Charlie Hodge—to visit Paris via a few-day stop in Munich where the intentional fun began. The Colonel had requested that Freddy Bienstock and Joachim “Jean” Aberbach, executives with Hill & Range Music Publishing Company living in Europe, assist Elvis during his visit to Paris. The two greeted the boys as soon as they arrived and also stayed in the Prince de Galles hotel on the Champs-Elysees with them. A press conference was held in the lobby of the hotel before Elvis and his friends began their Paris adventures. The foursome decided to test the scene to see if they could tour the city unnoticed, but as soon as they entered a cafe to sit, a crowd of more than 200 fans gathered. The ten days spent in Paris became a tour of the nightlife, with Jean Aberbach making reservations and accompanying Elvis and his friends from club to club. Elvis’ favorite became the Lido, where he enjoyed the Blue Belles (the female performers) and backstage access. It was a memorable trip of which dreams were made for these four young enlisted men. 

On July 1, 1959, Lamar Fike types a letter to Jean Aberbach from himself and Elvis in which he profusely thanks Jean for the good time that he showed them while they were in Paris. The July 1, 1959, letter, on German watermarked stationery, reads:

Dear Jean, On behalf of Elvis and myself I won’t [sic] to thank you for the time and effort you undertook to show us a good time in Paris. I think because of you and the men helping you it made the trip more enjoyable for Elvis. I don’t know what we would have done with out you on that trip, because of the press, and all the reporters. You were absolutely marvalous [sic] in the way that you handled them. That in itself made everything more injoyable [sic] for Elvis. I know I am speaking for Elvis when I say, thank you from the bottom of hearts, for making every thing go right. This is something that Elvis or myself will never forget. If at any time there is something I can do, no matter how big, for you, please don’t hesitate to call on me. I will do the upmost [sic] to carry it out. This is the least I can do for you, because of the time and effort you spent making Elvis more at ease. Here’s hoping that we all can get together sometime again in the near future, and talk over the fun we had in Paris. Best wishes. Sincerely, Elvis, and Lamar

The letter is signed by Lamar and on Elvis’ behalf (most likely by Lamar) in bold, dark ink. “ELVIS PRESLEY” is written across the top, most likely a Hill and Range filing notation, along with two brief notes Jean and Julian Aberbach wrote to each other. They read “Julian - Please read and return to me. Thanks, J (Jean)” and “Jean - Great. J (Julian).” Jean was obviously very touched by the heartfelt missive from the young star, so much so he felt the need to share it with his brother. The letter measures 11 1/2 by 8 1/4 inches (29.21 x 20.96 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The letter presents with several folds, small areas of edge wear, small stains and four hole punches at the top. All defects related to file storage. Excellent condition.
1959 Letter to Jean Aberbach Signed Elvis Presley (Secretarial Signature) and Lamar Fike - Thanking Jean for Help During Army Leave Trip to Paris*
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Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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