The Auction at Graceland•March 4, 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/4/2017
Colonel Parker was always looking for ways to improve the contracts with RCA to make more money - not common practice for record companies. In this letter, the Colonel wants to make sure that the only photographs RCA receives are from him and at a cost of 20 cents per photo. The two-page typewritten confidential letter from Bill Bullock (Division Vice President Market Services and Business Affairs) to Colonel Parker, dated December 7, 1962 discusses in detail prices on the photo album for It Happened at the World’s Fair. Bullock proposes a deal contrary to what he and Colonel Parker had previously agreed upon. The Colonel responds at the bottom in handwritten blue ink, “If Bill Bullock calls - advise him we are not interested his proposal - only the deal I gave him on the phone - Thursday from the house - 20 cent copy folio 250,000 Guarantee - separate agreement on the folio payments.” The letter on RCA letterhead with an address of 155 E. 24th Street, New York 10, N.Y. is stamped “Confidential” and signed in blue ink “Bill.” The letter, measuring 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm), emanates from the 1999 Graceland Archives Auction (lot B091) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
The letter is in excellent condition with two punch holes on the left side of each page, a staple hole in the upper left corner and horizontal fold lines.