The Auction at Graceland•January 7, 2017
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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.
1963 Elvis Presley Fan Response Letter and Original Envelope
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Minimum Bid: $100.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $281.25
Estimate: $400 - $500
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Saturday, January 7, 2017.
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