The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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There were several constants one could expect to see at Elvis shows during his tours in the 1970s. Souvenir scarves were a popular staple, as were the backstage cloth passes that the entourage and tour members would wear at the various venues during the tours as a means of security access. The third was the offered black binder/folio that was used during each of Elvis’ concerts to hold song lyric sheets and could often be spotted on stage with the King. Charlie Hodge functioned as Elvis’ stage manager and was not only the one who replaced the scarves that Elvis took from around his neck to give to eager fans, but also responsible for maintaining the folio with the lyric sheets that Elvis might wish to refer to during a performance. The binder often appeared on stage throughout the shows. Sometimes Elvis would simply use the lyric sheets as props during the performance since reading them was difficult under the stage spotlights. As keeper of the binder, Charlie would affix his own backstage passes to the outside of the vinyl folio and these stickers can be spotted in several of the four modern prints of photos that come with the lot showing Elvis on stage with this very binder. Several of the backstage pass stickers on the binder can be clearly seen in their precise positions. A true stage-used treasure, this binder is also accompanied by an affidavit from Elvis’ bodyguard Dick Grob which recounts in detail how the song lyrics were kept inside and how Elvis used the binder on stage at nearly every concert for years. He further tells how after Elvis’ passing he was charged by Vernon Presley with cleaning out the Lisa Marie. The binder was found with several other items, all of which were given to Dick Grob by Vernon Presley. The binder measures 14 1/2 by 9 1/2 inches (36.83 x 24.13 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The binder shows signs of heavy use, with scratches, scuffing and nicks commensurate with being used many nights on stage with Elvis. Excellent condition.
Elvis Presley/Charlie Hodge Stage-Used Black Binder That Held Song Lyric Sheets Specifically for Elvis During His Live Shows From 1972 to His Last Show in Indy in June of 1977
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Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $2,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $6,875.00
Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000
Number Bids: 18
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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