The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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Just as his star was on the steady rise, Elvis answered the call of duty to serve his country in the Army, leaving his adoring fans on Monday, March 24, 1958 to report to the draft board. The very next day he is assigned to the Second Armored Division (General Patton’s “Hell on Wheels” outfit) stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. After a brief mini-riot when the press recognizes Elvis during a lunch stop on his journey to Killeen, Texas, Elvis’ Lieutenant Colonel in the Army declares that Elvis was officially off-limits to the press. Elvis took his role as seriously as his commander, and therefore rarely exhibited typical celebrity behavior during his early military service. Elvis’ time in basic training was a period in which he was going out of his way to be a regular recruit. By the end of May, Elvis had been named acting assistant leader of his squad, earned a marksman medal and achieved sharpshooter level with a pistol. Elvis was also awarded a furlough that marked the end of his basic training in May of 1958. At the end of September that same year, Elvis would set sail on the USS Randall bound for Germany where Elvis would continue his service. Private Presley was honorably discharged in March 1960, thereby completing his civil service in the Armed Forces and garnering a level of respect that would accompany him throughout his career.

Offered is stunning collection of images and ephemera related to Elvis’ enlistment and Army service. As a rising star, it was big news for family, friends and fans that this talented entertainer was embracing his civic duty and leaving the limelight. This representative grouping includes: 

  • A map of Ft. Dix measuring 19 1/4 by 14 1/2 inches (48.89 x 36.83 cm), folded to 5 by 7 1/2 inches (12.7 x 19.05 cm);
  • 1958 black-and-white snapshot of Anita Wood, Elvis, Eddie, La Nelle - identified on the back in red ink, measuring 3 1/2 by 5 inches (8.89 x 12.7 cm);
  • August 1958 black-and-white snapshot with scalloped edge, labeled as Charlie Hodge on reverse, measuring 3 1/3 by 3 1/2 inches (8.45 x 8.89 cm);
  • Black-and-white copy of a snapshot with identifying paper, once attached to the reverse, listing in red, “The night Elvis departed for overseas Army duty in Germany. Among those pictured are (left to right) Elvis cousin, Gene Smith -(2nd from left) Eddie Fadal -(6th from left) Elvis, his father, Vernon, Cousin Junior Smith (now deceased) Lamar Fike, (my new son-in-law) and Red West. Those not named are unknown at this time. - Eddie” measuring 4 3/4 by 5 1/8 inches (12.06 x 13.01 cm);
  • A copy of a photo of Elvis and two children, labeled in red on the reverse, “Elvis - with my son & daughter, Janice & Dana in our home in Waco, Texas 1958. Janice is now married to Lamar Fike. This is the age he first saw her - age 4 years! Married her 22 years later! – Eddie,” measuring 5 5/8 by 4 inches (14.28 x 10.16 cm);
  • A copy of a photo of Elvis and Anita Wood, labeled in red on the reverse, “Anita Wood & Elvis at Eddie & La Nelle’s home in Waco, Texas (1958) Note cake with Elvis song titles – Eddie,” measuring 5 1/8 by 3 3/4 inches (13.01 x 9.52 cm);
  • Three (3) news service photos that include Elvis posing in front of a car with Ursula Siebert in Frankfurt, Germany, Elvis and Anita Wood in Waco, Texas, and a group photo of “29 of the 200 members of Magic Elvis in the Magic Valley Fan Club” (July 1959), each measuring 8 by 10 inches (20.32 x 25.4 cm);
  • October 1958 Issue of Photoplay magazine with Elvis on the cover, measuring 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm); and 
  • October 1958 issue of Motion Picture Magazine with Kim Novak on the cover, measuring 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm).

The collection of eleven artifacts from Elvis’ time in the Armed Forces captures a moment in history that made all Americans proud. The group is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

This collection of photos and ephemera is in very good condition overall with the snapshots and photos exhibiting typical signs of age, handling and use.
Collection of Elvis Presley Images and Three News Service Photos Related to His Army Service Plus Two Period Fan Magazines and Map of Ft. Dix (11 Pieces)
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $500.00
Estimate: $500 - $800
Number Bids: 5
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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