The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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Elvis took the stage in his Blue Egyptian Bird jumpsuit to a sold-out crowd and packed house on Thursday night at the Curtis Hixon Hall in Tampa, Florida. The passionate devotion of his fans had not changed since his first tour in Florida in 1956, nor had the energy with which Elvis performed, but the tour certainly had changed—it now included an 11-piece band, a gospel quartet, three female vocalists and a comedian. Reviews in the local St. Petersburg Times recounted: 

The rock of his natural-genius voice has a little more gravel in it now. And the roll of the hillbilly hips is due as much to adiposity as to raunchy rhythms. But it’s still rock ‘n’ roll, Elvis Presley style, the original, rockabilly, sensuous-but-masculine sound that created a pop music genre. Elvis is still “The King,” yet to be deposed after 20 years at the top. In fact, the erstwhile truck-driver from Mississippi remains the hottest solo act in the history of pop. No one - not Bob Dylan or Lawrence Welk or any other generation’s leading light - sells out every large tour stop the first day of ticket sales. In the supposedly volatile world of mass popularity, Elvis’ grip on the nation’s box office for two decades compares favorably with Queen Victoria’s long run in the theatre of British monarchy.

The reporter, in addition to acknowledging the scale of Elvis’ fame, mentions a highlight of the evening being the handing out of scarves to the audience, a gesture adored by fans. Offered is a white scarf with blue facsimile signature framed in a shadowbox display with a letter from Robert Dowling III that states: 

My name is Robert Dowling III. My mother was Gladys Presley Dowling, sister to Vernon Presley and aunt to Elvis Presley. In 1976 were sent Concert Tickets by Delta Mae Presley Biggs, my mother’s sister and Elvis Presley’s aunt who lived at Graceland, to attend the concert at Curtis Hixon Hall in Tampa on September 2, 1976. My mother and I as well as many members of our family were sitting right stage waiting for the show to begin when Elvis Presley’s step brother David Stanley came up and invited us backstage at Elvis’ request. We spent about fifteen to twenty minutes with Elvis backstage. He hugged my mom and shook my hand. Elvis’ nickname for my mom was “Gad”. He asked David Stanley to bring him a scarf for my mom. David gave the scarf to Elvis who placed it around her neck. My mother passed away in 1985 and the scarf was passed on to me. It has been in my possession ever since.

This scarf was no ordinary token tossed into the audience, but one personally given to his aunt backstage by Elvis himself. The scarf measures 34 1/2 by 34 1/2 inches (87.63 x 87.63 cm) and the framed display measures 17 by 21 inches (43.18 x 53.34 cm). Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The scarf exhibits mild toning along old fold lines—these lines were ironed out by a professional conservator, leaving the scarf in beautiful condition. Excellent to Mint condition.
Elvis Presley Concert Scarf Presented to His Aunt Gladys Presley Dowling Backstage at Curtis Hixon Hall in Tampa, FL, Sept. 2, 1976 – Presented in Framed Display
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $2,125.00
Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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