The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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Elvis was quick to return to work after leaving Germany. He came home to the U.S. in March of 1960 and began filming. It’s no coincidence that Elvis’ first film role after completing his military service was G.I. Blues. The popularity of Elvis hadn’t waned while he was away from his adoring fans, and like the Colonel, Hal Wallis was prepared to capitalize on the star’s continued fame. G.I. Blues is the romping tale of Tulsa McLean (Elvis) being forced into a less-than-chivalrous wager involving the long-legged Lili (Juliet Prowse of L’eggs Pantyhose commercial fame). The story of the lead character mirrors that of the star himself. G.I. Blues’ style of light plot and plenty of music would become the template for most of Elvis’ films in the decade. The soundtrack album was released by RCA in October of 1960 to coincide with the opening of the film in November. The film reached number 14 in the list of top-grossing movies of 1960, bringing in $4.3 million. This role made for a perfect return for Elvis; it reached number two on the Variety box office charts and was runner-up for a Laurel Award for Top Musical in 1960. Elvis had returned with a vengeance. This larger-than-life banner hailing this Hal Wallis production and Paramount release starring Elvis Presley and Juliet Prowse is numbered “60-311” and contains a Local NV 230 union stamp aside the Paramount Property stamp along the lower edge. This thick paper banner with bold red and blue lettering and patriotic styling measures 12 by 82 inches (30.48 x 208.28 cm), is stored rolled and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

This massive, thick paper stock banner is typically discolored from age with staining along the upper and lower edges, some minor paper loss in the upper right corner and discoloration and staining in the lower right corner. There is an approximate 3-inch tear on the left center edge and staple holes at center top, bottom and middle. The left side of the reverse is strongly discolored with brown tape in three areas. The visual appeal of this banner is exceptional and it is overall in very good condition.
1961 <em>G.I. Blues</em> Paper Banner Starring Elvis Presley – 80 Inches in Length!
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $400.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $531.25
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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