The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 1/8/2019

Please note: The sprig of grass was acquired in July 1956, so it had to be from Elvis' Audobon Drive home, NOT Graceland as originally described.

In 1956 as Elvis’ star was shooting into the stratosphere, fans could not get enough of their newly minted idol. Fans would clamor for Elvis’ picture, a sighting or an autograph. Most young female fans created scrapbooks and memorials dedicated to their teen icon, hobbies that were popular in the day. One such fan created a shadow box to enshrine the treasures she acquired in the summer and fall of 1956, including a sprig of grass from Graceland, a portion of a pencil that Elvis used, and an autograph. She carefully recounts each encounter and acquisition with descriptive notes. 

The first with the grass cutting attached reads, “A sprig of grass from the front yard of Elvis Presley. Skip got it for me when we moved to Memphis. The date was July 31, 1956 on Tuesday. It was my birthday. I sent a piece of it to Carol Gardner in Birmingham a few days later.” To the left above another scrap of paper (heavily taped to preserve) inscribed in blue ink “Yours Elvis Presley” is an additional note card that reads “This autograph gotten on Sept. 28, 1956. Fri. at a Pan Am filling station on Getwell at 5:10 p.m. He was with Nick Adams in his new Continental.” Elvis had appeared on stage in Tupelo on September 26th, his first appearance in his hometown since the age of ten. He was with Nick Adams and the pair were back in Memphis attending the Mid-South Fair by September 29th. Below his signature is another note recalling, “Elvis was wearing a maroon coat with no shirt, black pants and black and white shoes. He’s a Doll.” In the lower right corner, the top of a pencil has been affixed to the backing with the descriptive note to the left that states, “a piece of pencil Elvis used to sign autographs Sept. 28, 1956 Friday. I met Elvis this day.” This carefully crafted keepsake of each time she met Elvis and each treasure she acquired from the singing sensation is a cleverly preserved time capsule any devoted fan would relish. These mementos are contained in a silver-colored shadow box measuring 14 1/4 by 11 by 3 1/4 (36.19 x 27.94 x 8.25 cm) and are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

Each piece of paper is toned from age and displays signs of tape residue in various sizes. The grass has long since dried and the pencil is well used. Each piece is affixed to the background suspended in plastic corner holders. The signature is strong and dark.
Cut Autograph Signed by Elvis Presley on September 28, 1956 at the Pan Am Filling Station on Getwell in Memphis – With Pencil He Used, Grass Clipping from Graceland and Other Ephemera
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,187.50
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Number Bids: 10
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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