The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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In April of 1956, at just 21 years of age, Elvis, billed as “The Atomic Powered Singer,” performed a two-week run at the Venus Room in the New Frontier Hotel and Casino. The New Frontier building was constructed in 1955 to replace the Western-themed Last Frontier Hotel. With the space race in its infancy, the New Frontier sported a modern theme with a nod to space. About 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas was the Nevada Test Site, which was home to 952 announced nuclear tests—in the 1950s, mushroom clouds from the tests were regular tourist attractions and could be watched from hotel rooms along the Las Vegas strip. Although Elvis was already gaining popularity among teens, his reception from the Vegas crowd was cool during his first performances. However, this would prove to be far from the end of his career in Vegas. It was during this experience that Elvis met musicians like Liberace, who would influence Elvis’ style, and Big Mama Thornton, who sang the original “Hound Dog,” a song Elvis would later take to another level when he did his own rendition. Offered is a significant collection of relics from Elvis’ first concert series in Vegas in 1956 that includes: two (2) Fabulous Las Vegas magazines (plus one envelope) that measure 9 by 6 inches (22.86 x 15.24 cm); two (2) New Frontier postcards, each measuring 6 by 9 inches (15.24 x 22.86 cm); two (2) New Frontier matchbooks, the larger of which measures 4 1/2 by 2 (11.43 x 5.08 cm); a Glenn Vegas “Guide to Las Vegas,” measuring 6 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches (16.51 x 6.35 cm); an original “Las Vegas News Bureau” news service black-and-white photo of Elvis on stage at the New Frontier, measuring 8 by 10 inches (20.32 x 25.4 cm); and four Memphis Press-Scimitar newspaper clippings about his Vegas concerts. This “out of this world” collection, marking an era of advancements both in space and Elvis’ career, is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The material shows signs of wear including toning, some wrinkling and scratches, though there is no significant damage. The matchbooks are missing their matches. Excellent condition overall.
Artifacts from Elvis Presley’s 1956 Las Vegas Concerts with News Service Photo, New Frontier Hotel Matchbook Covers and Postcards, <em>Fabulous Las Vegas</em> Magazines and More (13 Pieces)
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Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $2,125.00
Estimate: $500 - $600
Number Bids: 29
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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