The Auction at Graceland•January 6, 2018
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The 1970s saw Elvis Presley using many forms of transport, including his personal planes, to travel between the many locations he performed and his multiple homes. This jet-setting lifestyle is well documented in the offered framed display, which features Elvis’ own personal black briefcase with “Elvis in Concert” fabric stickers affixed to each side, one with “Jo Smith” handwritten in blue ink. Elvis or one of his staff would tote this briefcase, which housed such necessities as papers, cigars, medication, gum, and sunglasses, during Elvis’ journeys. When the briefcase was dented on a corner, Elvis gave the case to Jo Smith, the wife of his cousin Billy Smith. The briefcase is framed with five photo reproductions of Elvis in transit and a grouping of documents that includes: an original insurance letter dated 1976 requesting life insurance required for the aircraft leases; a 2003 legal copy of the Clark County Nevada marriage registration with embossed/raised seal; a photocopy of Elvis’ aircraft registration application for the Lockheed Jetstar N777EP; an original Texaco Time Charge slip number 3334580; and an original 1973 letter to Colonel Parker from the desk of M. Ilberman regarding amending the contract and mentioning royalties for the song “Fool.” All of these paper items are permanently adhered to the matting. The briefcase itself is adhered to the matting with double stick tape on the reverse and two zip ties around the handle. The framed display captures the life of a man on the move and measures 33 3/4 by 41 3/4 by 5 inches (85.72 x 108.58 x 12.7 cm). The briefcase, measuring 11 1/2 by 17 inches (29.21 x 43.18 cm), and display are accompanied by a letter from Billy and Jo Smith dated 1987, a letter from Chris Davidson of Elvis-A-Rama Museum and a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The briefcase has suffered several areas of damage, including an area near the top front corner and a small crack covered with black tape on the bottom. It does still open and close normally. The double stick tape on the reverse could possibly be removed. Very Good to Excellent condition overall.
1970s Elvis Presley’s Personal Black Briefcase Used on Tour in Impressive Framed Display
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,750.00
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Number Bids: 6
Auction closed on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
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