The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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On February 25, 1961 Tennessee governor Buford Ellington and Memphis mayor Henry Loeb proclaimed the day “Elvis Presley Day.” At a special luncheon in Elvis’ honor held in the Claridge Hotel’s Balinese Room, RCA presented Elvis with a diamond-studded watch for his sales of more than 75 million records. Following the luncheon, Elvis gave two charity performances at the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis which raised over $50,000 for 26 local Memphis charities. While that day honored a Memphis hometown hero, years later in the 1980s, fans petitioned for a National Elvis Day to be recognized. Offered are six sheets from these efforts that were originally distributed by the fan club “Elvis Fans United” with five of the six sheets labeled with their address and phone number in California. Each sheet reads “PETITION FOR NATIONAL ELVIS PRESLEY DAY By Signature below, we, the undersigned, hereby request consideration and instigation of a National Elvis Presley Day. We feel that his birthday, January 8, should be set aside as a day each year to honor and remember Elvis Presley – the man, the entertainer, the legend. He has a place in the history and shaping of the United States of America and should be memorialized as such. Please be assured that we are not requesting a national holiday – only that January 8 be recognized as Elvis Presley Day, and each person can make his own decision whether to ignore it or honor him in their own way.” Among the 36 signatories to the petition are D.J. Fontana, Jack Kahane (comedian, toured with Elvis), Mary Wilson (The Supremes), Hal Wallis (legendary Hollywood producer), Mae Boren Axton (who wrote “Heartbreak Hotel”), Dick Grob (Elvis’ bodyguard), Colonel Tom Parker, Joe Esposito, Charlie Hodge, James Burton, Tom Diskin, and Kathleen Westmoreland (Elvis’ backup singer). While these rare signed petition pages to make January 8th a national day of recognition in honor of Elvis were ultimately unsuccessful, the topic continues to arise among fans, perhaps spurred by this early attempt. Each original sheet measures 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm) and the group is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The sheets present in Near Mint to Mint condition.
Collection of Six Sheets of the “Petition for National Elvis Presley Day” from the Early 1980s Signed by 36 Elvis Luminaries Including D.J. Fontana, Hal Wallis, Mae Boren Axton and Others
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,125.00
Estimate: $500 - $800
Number Bids: 5
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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