The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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Viva Las Vegas is considered by many to be one of Elvis’ best films, highlighted by legendary songs and the natural chemistry between its two stars, Elvis and Ann-Margret. Elvis plays Lucky Jackson, who heads to Las Vegas to win the Grand Prix. In the process of raising the money he needs to repair his racecar, he crosses paths with Rusty Martin, a swimming instructor played by Ann-Margret. The fast-paced, twisted plot makes for a fun ride for the audience. Elvis reported to MGM studios in Hollywood for preproduction work on July 9, 1963. George Sidney, known for his lavish MGM productions, was hired as producer and director for the film. By mid-August, the Colonel became concerned with the elaborate production costs going over budget (and threatening profit-sharing possibilities) and attempted to rein in expenses by reaching out to Sam Katzman, another MGM producer known for short shooting times and tight budgets and fondly referred to as the “King of Quickies,” to finish production. As a result, all final work on Viva Las Vegas was complete by September 11, 1963. Offered is a handwritten National Bank of Commerce check for $200 signed by “E.A. Presley” with a notation in the upper left indicating “Exp for house while at MGM ‘Viva Las Vegas’ in Calf” that is payable to cash, numbered 18, and dated Aug. 26, 1963, shortly after the Colonel reeled in the excess and timeline for production. The reverse of the check has been endorsed by Lillian Jackson, who was the housekeeper and cook for Elvis at Perugia Way and who was married to the butler of the house, Jimmy Jackson. This original period check written during Elvis’ stay in Los Angeles for the studio shooting for one of his most iconic films measures 2 3/4 by 6 1/4 inches (6.98 x 15.87 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The check is in excellent condition overall with an older, flattened crease vertically down the center where it was at one time folded. Left edge is perforated from where it was originally torn from check book.
3570 Elvis Presley Signed Check Written on August 23, 1963, for Expenses While Filming <em>Viva Las Vegas</em>
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Minimum Bid: $1,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,750.00
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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