The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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In the 1950s, early in Elvis’ career, his manager, Bob Neal, hired well-known Memphis photographer William Speer to take some publicity shots of Elvis that could be used by Sun Records to promote the fledgling star. A novice in the world of photo shoots, Elvis came to Speer’s studio with no changes of clothing, so Speer had to stop after just a number of photos. Speer’s wife suggested that Elvis simply remove his shirt for a few more. The shy young man agreed and Speer was able to shoot 11 different images in total, which are today some of the most well-known images of the King. The offered image is not only one of the 11 different images taken at the shoot that day, but one of the most widely used by Sun Records to publicize its budding new musical talent. The early 1955 black-and-white image depicts a young Elvis Presley with folded hands wearing a wristwatch. “Elvis Presley” is printed in the lower left margin and “160 Union Ave, Memphis, Tenn” is printed in the lower right margin. The photo has been signed with large, bold letters by Bill Black and inscribed by Elvis “To Jewell My best to an old friend from Elvis Presley” on the reverse. This incredible early signed photo measures approximately 8 by 10 inches (20.32 x 25.4 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The photo shows expected age-related toning with several minor creases. Excellent to Mint condition.
Elvis Presley Boldly Signed and Inscribed 1955 Promotional Photo Also Signed by Bill Black
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,000.00
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Number Bids: 12
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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