The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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Please note that this desk is available for collection/shipping from an alternate location in Menifee, CA. Graceland Auctions will assist the buyer with making appropriate arrangements.

The house at 1174 Hillcrest Drive in the luxurious Trousdale Estates was purchased by Elvis in 1967 for $400,000. The French Regency style home, designed by architect Rex Lotery, was originally built in 1958. The 5,367-square-foot home had four bedrooms and five bathrooms, and featured entry gates, stone and brick decor and a swimming pool, all with panoramic views of both the city and the ocean. It was a paradise that Elvis, Priscilla and Lisa Marie enjoyed during their time in California until the home was sold in 1973. On September 14, 1980 an auction was conducted by Don B. Smith Auction Company of the personal property previously owned by Elvis and Priscilla Presley from their former home at 1174 Hillcrest Road in Beverly Hills. 

Throughout his career, Elvis focused on what he did best, entertaining fans, while the Colonel and Vernon were in charge of managing both his professional and personal business. However, Elvis still maintained his own personal offices at his various residences so that he too could “take care of business,” and offered is the large executive walnut desk and green chair that Elvis used in his Beverly Hills home, which was offered in this 1980 auction by the then-owner of the Hillcrest property.  The desk and chair come with a plethora of documentation, including a copy of the cover of the auction catalog, a copy of the page listing for the desk that includes an image (one of the few items pictured in the catalog), and two letters from Jimmy Velvet. The letters are similar—one states in part: 

This walnut desk and green executive chair was owned and used by Elvis Presley at his home at 1174 Hillcrest Drive - Trousdale Estates - Beverly Hills, California. When Elvis sold the house he left all of the furnishings. The woman who purchased the house sold the furnishings at auction in Hollywood at the Paladium [sic] on Sunset Boulevard. The Elvis Presley Museum purchased the desk & chair at the auction conducted by Don B. Smith Auction Co. of Memphis, Tennessee. It has been in the Elvis Museum for the past 15 years.

This large desk, fit for a king, measures 29 (H) by 82 (L) by 38 (W) inches (73.66 x 208.28 x 96.52 cm), the green fabric and vinyl chair measures 49 (H) by 28 (L) by 26 (W) inches (124.46 x 71.12 x 66.04 cm) and the pair are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The desk presents with expected wear with some scratches, scuffing and nicks to the finish. All drawers open and close, and the chair has few defects. Excellent condition overall.
1970s Elvis Presley’s Hillcrest Home Walnut Desk and Chair
Bidding
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $2,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $6,875.00
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Number Bids: 16
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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