The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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From The Oleander Collection

Fans were typically excited enough just to see Elvis live in concert, but imagine the thrill of catching a scarf that Elvis pulled from around his neck and tossed into the audience—that was the elation felt by the lucky fan that acquired this memento from the King. However, in this case it was not your typical fan. This white scarf was captured by Jim Curtin, arguable the fan that most idolized the King of Rock ’n’ Roll. When Jim was a young man he began listening to and collecting Elvis albums, and in his early 20s Jim saved enough money from his grocery store job to purchase a customized Gibson guitar with “Elvis Presley” and two crowns inscribed on the fretboard with the intent of presenting this to Elvis in person. In 1974, he was fortunate enough to have his chance after convincing Vernon Presley to allow him the opportunity to meet Elvis. Jim’s passion for all things Elvis grew to epic proportions over the years as he saw Elvis perform 51 times, shook his hand 33 times, amassed one of the largest collections of Elvis memorabilia and was even a sought-after Elvis tribute artist until his death in June of 2011. Jim not only showered Elvis with more presents over the years, but Elvis was believed to have gifted Jim with one of his iconic jumpsuits.

The offered handsome display features the white concert scarf given to Jim Curtin at Elvis’ New Year’s Eve show on December 31, 1976 at the Civic Center Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The performance was a 90-minute show-stopping concert. Elvis’ interplay with the crowd during the performance was magical, even taking requests and resulting in an overwhelming ovation and shouts of love and devotion from the audience. To cap off the celebration, Elvis led the arena in a rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” at midnight. This framed display showcases the scarf at the top with a small gold-colored plaque below the scarf that reads “This stage-worn scarf was given to a fan by Elvis Presley during his last New Year’s Eve concert on December 31, 1976 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania” and nine modern copies of photos showing Elvis on stage in Pittsburgh that evening. It should be noted that while the traditional white scarves with the facsimile signature were more often employed in this period, Elvis is seen in these images wearing a plain, white scarf just like the offered example. The scarf comes with a certificate of authenticity from the 2006 sale of The Jim “E” Curtin Elvis Empire Collection that states “I do hereby attest that this memorabilia is authentic.” The reverse of the certificate reads “Lot Number: 17...1976 Scarf Given From Stage at Elvis Last New Year’s Eve Concert.” Also included is a handwritten note from Jim Curtin that reads “ELVIS GAVE ME THIS SCARF IN PITTSBURGH, PA. DEC. 31ST, 1976.” This large framed display measures 34 by 34 inches (86.36 x 86.36 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The scarf presents with few if any defects. Near Mint condition.
Elvis Presley Concert Scarf Given to Fan Jim Curtin from the Stage December 31, 1976 in Large Framed Display*
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $2,750.00
Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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