The Auction at Graceland•January 7, 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 1/7/2017
For years, Elvis fans always received responses to their correspondence, and in 1963, lucky devotees, including Sheela Smith, were sent what appeared to be a handwritten letter from Elvis himself (in reality, the fan response letter was a copy of a handwritten letter on which the name of the recipient was handwritten in ink). The offered fan response letter, postmarked February 1, 1963, shares thoughts directly from Elvis and reads:
Time has flown by and we are now facing a new year. I want to wish you a late but a prosperous new year. I am sorry I haven’t gotten around to it sooner, but I’m sure you understand how rushed I am around Christmas time. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I sincerely hope this new year will be the most prosperous and happiest one you have ever had.
I want to thank you for your loyal support and for your nice cards and letters for the year of 1962, and all others in the past.
My new picture I recently finished is called “It Happened at The World’s Fair” and is suppose [sic] to be released around Easter. I hope you like it.
I had a wonderful Christmas, Birthday and New Year at home with my folks. I am now leaving for the West Coast to start filming a new picture which as of now is named “Holiday In Acupulo,” [sic] part of it will be filmed in Acupulo, [sic] Mexico. I hope to be back home in Memphis some-time in April for a few days rest between pictures. As I am pressed for time, I guess I’d better run now. Keep writting [sic] your wonderful letters and I will answer you every chance I get. Best wishes to you and yours. Sincerely yours, Elvis Presley.
This original letter comes with its period mailing envelope hand-addressed to Sheela Smith in Memphis, Tennessee. The response letter measuring 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm) and envelope measuring 4 by 9 1/2 inches (10.16 x 24.13 cm) are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
The letter and envelope are in excellent condition despite being discolored from age. The envelope exhibits only minor paper loss from being opened.