The Auction at Graceland•March 4, 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/4/2017
When Elvis stayed in Los Angeles, he typically stayed at the Knickerbocker, however he came to prefer the Beverly Wilshire because it was fancier. Elvis resided at the Beverly Wilshire during the filming of his fifth movie, G.I. Blues. Offered is the original signed lease for Apartment 1000 on the 10th Floor and 615/621 on the 6th floor at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The rental dates are from April 15, 1960 to October 14, 1960 for a total rental cost of $12,000 at $2,000 per month for six months. The agreement is signed in blue ink “Elvis Presley” and “Evelyn Sharp” has signed as president of the hotel. The standard printed lease is folded in half at the top edge to a folded measurement of 13 by 8 1/2 inches (33.02 x 21.59 cm). The lease agreement comes with the original cover letter from Evelyn Sharp on Beverly Wilshire letterhead, dated September 8, 1959 to Colonel Tom Parker in which she reiterates the terms of the lease and states in part, “I believe Elvis will be very happy in these accommodations as 615 consists of a kitchen, dining area, large living room, bedroom and bath overlooking the swimming pool. 621 connects with this and consists of a large bedroom and bath. Both 615 and 621 have unusually large closet space. Apartment 1000 consists of a large drawing room-bedroom, bath and outside terrace. Both apartments are air conditioned and have TV.”
Also included are a letter from Tom Diskin dated September 21, 1959 on parchment paper, marked “Copy” in red down the left side, addressed to Evelyn Sharp which reads, “Enclosed are the three signed leases. After completing signatures have been affixed kindly return two copies to this office for our records”; and a similar letter from Evelyn Sharp, dated September 22, 1959 on parchment paper marked “Copy” in red down the left side, addressed to Tom Diskin which reads, “I enclose herewith two signed copies of the lease for Mr. Presley at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. With all good wishes to you, Mr. Parker and Mr. Presley, I remain Cordially yours.” A carbon copy footnote indicates an additional copy was issued to Tom Diskin at The Gotham. These original period letters each measure 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm), emanate from the 1999 Graceland Archives Auction (lot A233) and are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
The lease is in like new condition. The letter on Beverly Wilshire letterhead has 2 punch holes along the top and a staple hole in the upper left corner along with typical horizontal fold lines. The parchment copies are in excellent condition with 2 punch holes along the top, a staple hole in the upper left corner to one and horizontal fold lines to the other.