The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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Engelbert Humperdinck, born Arnold George Dorsey in present day Chennai, India in 1936, was raised in Leicester, England and is a well known English pop singer. His musical career began in the 1950s playing his saxophone in nightclubs. In 1965 when he began working with manager Gordon Mills, he was encouraged to change his name to that of the 19th century German composer of the opera Hansel and Gretel, Engelbert Humperdinck. Humperdinck finally hit it big in 1967 with his version of “Release Me,” which made it to the top ten charts in Britain and the U.S., where it spent 56 weeks in the top ten and sold 85,000 copies per day at the peak of its popularity. He had a strong following among women who loved his smooth crooning style, and referred to themselves as Humperdinckers. Engelbert Humperdinck went on to have an illustrious entertainment career through the following decades, with his most recent studio album release in November 2017. Engelbert first met Elvis when Elvis attended one of Humperdinck’s shows in Vegas. The two became fast friends with a mutual admiration and respect. Engelbert Humperdinck once stated that Elvis’ trademark sideburns had originated from him. Humperdinck wore them in 1965 well before Elvis began wearing the facial fashion in 1972. Engelbert recalled an instance where a woman presented Elvis with a drawing of him in a white jumpsuit with big sideburns and Elvis exclaimed, “Hell, that’s not me, that’s Engelbert Humperdinck.” And while Humperdinck may have been the first to wear the sideburns, he also asserts that Elvis was one of his biggest musical influences. The two good friends often met in Vegas and Engelbert claimed to have learned about humility, charm and how to work an audience watching Elvis perform in concert.

Offered is a stage-worn ensemble belonging to Engelbert Humperdinck that mirrors Elvis’ own style of white costumes, scarves and boots. This costume was worn by Humperdinck at the London Palladium when he performed a medley of his hits for the show that was recorded on January 6, 1974 (videos of which are readily accessible). The custom-made ivory wool suit consists of a jacket with satin lapels and detailing as well as mother-of-pearl buttons, and bell bottom pants, with rickrack trim on the sides of both the pants and jacket. The interior jacket pocket displays a Robbie Stanford London tailor label inscribed “Engelbert Humperdinck 8-10-73 No.3979.” The jacket measures 32 inches (81.28 cm) in length and 18 inches (45.72 cm) from shoulder to shoulder. The pants have a 34 inch (86.36 cm) waist and are 44 inches (111.76 cm) from waist to the end of the legs. The shoes are size 10 1/2 and have had the soles and high heels painted white. Each of the two pieces of the cravat (which connect with Velcro) measures 35 inches (88.9 cm) in length. The custom-tailored shirt has a label that reads “Mr. Alex Custom Shirtmaker of Paris / Beverly Hills.” The ensemble, a nod to Elvis’ influence on him, is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The suit coat, shirt, pants and cravat have all toned to an even ivory color. The boots show more ill effects from age, but remain crème colored. Excellent condition overall.
1973 Engelbert Humperdinck Stage-Worn Ensemble Including Ivory Wool Suit, Ivory Patent Leather Boots, Shirt with French Cuffs and Ivory Cravat
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $800.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,062.50
Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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