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

G.I. Blues is the romping tale of Tulsa McLean (Elvis) being forced into a less-than-chivalrous wager involving the long-legged Lili (Juliet Prowse of L’eggs Pantyhose commercial fame). G.I. Blues’ style of light plot and plenty of music would become the template for most of Elvis’ films in the decade. The soundtrack album was released by RCA in October of 1960 to coincide with the opening of the film in November. As a nod to military hats, promotional paper versions advertising the new album were created to market Elvis’ return from service and his new similarly-themed movie and soundtrack album. The paper souvenir hats were distributed as movie theater premiums. Offered is a very clean, unsullied example that emanates from the collection of Bill Porter, Elvis’ sound engineer in the 1970s. The hat reads “AVAILABLE AT RCA VICTOR DEALERS / ELVIS’ ‘G.I. Blues’ Album” on one side and “NOW... AT YOUR FAVORITE THEATRE / ELVIS in ‘G.I. Blues’ / A Hal Wallis Production - A Paramount Picture” on the other, with both sides featuring an illustration of Elvis in his Army uniform. The hat measures 5 1/2 by 11 inches (13.97 x 27.94 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The paper hat is in excellent condition overall.
Elvis Presley Concert Sound Engineer Bill Porter’s <em>G.I. Blues</em> Paper Hat*
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Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $100.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $218.75
Estimate: $200 - $300
Number Bids: 5
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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