The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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In 1964, MGM released the swinging hot film Viva Las Vegas, starring the heartthrob Elvis Presley and the beauty Ann-Margret in a musical comedy that was a box office success. Regarded as one of Elvis’ best movies, in part for the on- (and off-) screen chemistry between its co-stars, Viva Las Vegas reached number 14 in the top 20 movies of 1964 and grossed over $9 million. Location filming in Vegas started on July 15, 1963 and continued through July 26th, after which filming moved to Los Angeles. Elvis plays the main character Lucky and his co-star Rusty was played by Ann-Margret. Filming took place in multiple Vegas venues including The Sahara Hotel, where the cast and crew stayed, a drag strip in the Henderson suburb, University of Nevada gymnasium, McCarran airport, Lake Mead Marina, a skeet shooting range at the Tropicana Hotel and the swimming pool of the Flamingo Hotel. In the film, Lucky searches for Rusty and finally locates her at the hotel pool where he serenades her before she pushes him into the pool. This pinnacle moment begins the chase and Lucky is up to the challenge, eventually winning the heart of Rusty in the end. 

Offered is a collection of ephemera from this film and the famous and fabulous Flamingo Hotel that includes a Flamingo Room menu stapled within colorful covers, a pair of 1963 Flamingo Hotel “Daily Movie Diary” sheets alerting guests to hotel locations being used during filming of Viva Las Vegas, three (3) movie stills and a Viva Las Vegas pressbook. The first “Daily Movie Dairy” sheet is dated Monday, July 22 and informs guests that they have the “opportunity to enjoy the cool refreshment of the sparkling blue water” of the pool to be made available to guests at 11:30 a.m. and encourages them to enjoy the afternoon shooting session beginning at 12:30 p.m. until the pool is theirs again after 4 p.m. While other hotel activities are listed, the filming notes consume most of the daily diary. The second “Daily Movie Diary,” dated July 23, 1963, thanks guests for their cooperation the previous day and outlines similar times for the pool’s availability and additional notes on the filming of the day, including a synopsis of the movie, what costume Elvis can be seen in that day and informing guests that they will be treated to the singing voices of the stars. The three included film stills depict Elvis in a cowboy hat, and the black-and-white pressbook contains a plethora of information about the music, key props used in the film, radio announcements available for use and ads for the film. This informative collection captures the fun, frolicking spirit of the movie and the stars themselves. The menu measures 13 by 9 1/2 inches closed (33.02 x 24.13 cm), the “Daily Movie Diary” sheets each measure 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm), the three black-and-white stills each measure 8 by 10 inches (20.32 x 25.4 cm), and the pressbook measures 17 by 12 1/4 inches (43.18 x 31.11 cm), stored folded in half. This delightful grouping from the fabulous Flamingo Hotel during the filming of the iconic film Viva Las Vegas, a score for any collection, is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The press book is stored folded horizontally and has a faint name written in pencil on the lower left quadrant; the diary pages are in excellent condition with one small tear to the right side of one and minor wear to the top edge of both; the menu exhibits wear at the edges and some discoloration from age; the photos are in excellent condition overall.
1964 <em>Viva Las Vegas</em> Flamingo Hotel “Daily Movie Diary” Sheets (2) Alerting Guests to Hotel Locations in Use During Filming with Three 8 x 10 Stills and Pressbook
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $100.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $500.00
Estimate: $200 - $300
Number Bids: 14
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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