The Auction at Graceland•March 4, 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/4/2017
This letter from Colonel Tom Parker to his former West Coast secretary, Trude Forsher, appears to represent a final refusal to consider giving Trude her job back, in response to her “lengthly [sic] letter” to Parker. The letter, on Paramount Pictures letterhead, is dated September 13, 1965 and details that the Colonel will “close up our office at Paramount until the next picture.” Elvis was finishing up Paradise, Hawaiian Style at Paramount at the time and afterward would move back to MGM for Spinout. The final paragraph is perhaps the most telling in terms of Parker’s dissatisfaction with Forsher, as he states, “The relationship as a friend has been great, away from our business. Let’s leave it that way. But I do appreciate your honesty in writing the letter.” Parker signed the letter with a failing blue ballpoint pen, which he abandons part way into the handwritten postscript, switching to a black felt tip pen to complete his thought: “PS Mrs Parker is in Palm Springs.” An interesting bit of correspondence between the Colonel and Trude. The letter, measuring 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm) is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated. (On-line photos shown of Trude Forsher and Elvis are for reference only and are not included with this lot).
The 11 by 8 1/2 inch (27.94 x 21.59 cm) letter shows minor age toning, remnants of the original mailing folds and one small crease in the lower left. In Excellent condition overall.
This lot has a Reserve Price that has not been met.