The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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Throughout his life, Elvis was fascinated by religions and spirituality, and as an avid reader he owned a comprehensive library covering a variety of religious and theological subjects. Offered is a copy of What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula that Elvis gave to his bodyguard Dave Hebler, as Dave recounts in the accompanying handwritten note: “Elvis was a spiritual person and we exchanged thoughts on the subject a number of occasions. After one of these conversations, Elvis gave me a couple of books to read. One book was titled The Spirit of Zen and the other was titled What the Buddha Taught.” This book is a classic introduction to the complexities of Buddhism and while not overly simplistic and geared towards an intellectual reader, it presents the intricate subject in a logical manner that provides the reader with a solid understanding of the fundamental principles and more widely accepted interpretations of the teachings. Rahula writes with an almost scientific approach to Buddhism, leaving space for the reader to continue their own exploration. Elvis was not only willing to give of his material possessions but was eager to share his knowledge and passions with those around him, and in this instance, Dave was the fortunate recipient of both. This original paperback, copyright 1959, measures 8 by 5 1/2 inches (20.32 x 13.97 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The presents with moderate to heavy wear, with creases, wrinkling to the cover and small areas of paper loss on the spine and covers. Excellent condition.
1970s Elvis Presley’s <em>What the Buddha Taught</em> Book Gifted to Dave Hebler
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $875.00
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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