The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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On August 3, 1956, Elvis played three shows at the Olympia Theatre in Miami—he would play a total of seven shows in two days at this venue. Fans started waiting in line at midnight the day before, and the opening Friday shows commenced with screaming fans who, as papers reported, were so hysterical that the star was barely audible above the unrelenting shrieks from the audience. Fans were so crazed over this new star that he was forced to trade in his new lavender Lincoln after love notes in lipstick had been scrawled all over it. It was also at these shows that Elvis’ pants were torn and his lavender jacket was ripped by overly enthusiastic fans. A shooting star was on an epic rise in the form of this new musical talent. This wonderfully preserved fan collection includes an August 3, 1956 original ticket stub numbered 1531 from the 7 p.m. concert. The lucky fan paid only $1.50 to see the King live in the Olympia Theatre that evening! This fan not only saved the ticket stub, but also an “I Like Elvis” pinback button and a collection of newspaper clippings. The clippings recount the continued craze “for the second day Elvis Presley, the vaudeville Valentino, rocked along his bumpy road to success here today after his fanatical followers engaged in a small-scale street riot. More than 8,800 fans, ranging from agitated adolescents to old ladies fallen from Liberace’s grace, were expected to shriek, rattle and roll again at Presley’s shake dancing in the Olympia Theater.” The articles describe the more than 7,000 “jumping jacks and jills” in attendance who scream, rush the stage door and block traffic, making it challenging for the police to keep the peace. The ticket stub measures 3 by 3 1/2 inches (7.62 x 8.89 cm), the button measures approximately 3 3/8 inches (8.57 cm) in diameter, the souvenir photo album measures 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm) and the laminated newspaper clippings, eight separate pieces total, measure 11 1/2 by 9 inches (29.21 x 22.86 cm). This great collection from that wild moment in history, as exclaimed in the headline “They Rock-’n’-Riot for Elvis,” is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The ticket presents with mild age-related toning and edge wear, especially where torn. The button shows moderate scuffing and minor oxidation on the reverse. Excellent condition.
Elvis Presley Concert Ticket Stub from Miami’s Olympia Theatre for 7 PM Show, August 3, 1956, with Souvenir Photo Album, Button and Newspaper Clippings Covering the Show
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $562.50
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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