The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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From the Bill Porter Collection

When Elvis hit the stage at the International Hotel in Las Vegas in July 1969, he once again took the world by storm as he reinvented his career after a decade of acting in Hollywood films. He returned with a vengeance and over the next several years between 1960 and 1976 performed more than 600 sold out shows in Las Vegas in addition to his concert tours across the country. Shortly after arriving on the Las Vegas stage, he employed the skills of sound engineer, Bill Porter, for both his Vegas performances and concert tours who became a principal to his performances. Another staple of every show during this revival period was the concert souvenirs, which varied widely in type, size and style. Many were generic enough to use in a variety of venues, but all had the similar thread of Elvis’ image or name adorning each one. An ideal example was the Styrofoam hat created to resemble a straw boater hat that could be used at different events and venues simply by adjusting the paper band. Offered is a Styrofoam hat with the band that reads, “Elvis Summer Festival Elvis / RCA.” This original, period 1970s hat from the collection of Bill Porter, measures 6 by 8 inches (15.24 20.32 cm) on the interior and 4 inches (10.16 cm) in height. The souvenir hat, with elastic chin band still intact, is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The hat is in excellent condition with some areas of darkening/discoloration, the glue is bleeding through the paper band and the interior elastic no longer has its plasticity and is slightly discolored.
Early 1970s “Elvis Summer Festival” Styrofoam “Straw” Hat*
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $625.00
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Number Bids: 13
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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