The Auction at Graceland•March 4, 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/4/2017
On August 4, 1956 Elvis played four shows at the Olympic Theatre in Miami. The Saturday shows following the opening Friday shows continued with screaming fans who, as papers reported, were so hysterical that the star was barely audible above the shrieks from the audience. It was at these shows that Elvis’ pants were torn and his lavender jacket was ripped by overly enthusiastic fans. Elvis also had to trade in his lavender Lincoln, only weeks old, after it was vandalized with love notes and phone numbers scrawled all over in lipstick. The Elvis frenzy was in full bloom! This wonderfully preserved fan collection consists of an August 4, 1956 original ticket stub from the 7 p.m. concert. The lucky fan paid only $1.50 to see the King live in the Olympic Theater that evening. This fan not only saved the ticket stub, but also the Souvenir Photo Album with a full-color image of Elvis on both the front and back covers and an “I Like Elvis” pinback button. The ticket stub measures 3 by 5 1/2 inches (7.62 x 13.97 cm), the photo souvenir album measures approximately 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm) and the button measures approximately 3 1/2 inches (8.89 cm) in diameter. This great collection from that wild moment in history is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
The ticket is in excellent condition with minor creasing; the souvenir album has wear to the edges with some staining on the interior pages and discoloration to the back cover and “Elaine” written on the first page; the button is in excellent condition with a nice patina to the metal and a small stain over the “k.”