The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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From The Trude Forsher Collection.

In 2017, the Jewish Museum of Vienna hosted a very unique exhibit about Elvis and his personal secretary and promotion coordinator, Trude Forsher. The exhibit told their story, from the first days in 1956 at 20th Century Fox and featured a wide variety of items Trude saved from her years with Elvis. Trude was born in Vienna and the museum was proud to showcase an Austrian who was so instrumental in Elvis Presley's early career. Choosing from nearly 1,500 items in the Forsher collection, the museum curated the pieces featured in this exhibit. These include posters, correspondence with the Colonel and a mouse trap that Elvis and his cousins put on Trude’s desk as a practical joke in the early days of filming Love me Tender. This collection is a unique gathering of objects that reflect the first years of Presley’s career. It is our intent to find a home for the final collection of Trude Forsher memorabilia from her time with the King.

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The collection includes:

  • All Star Shows West Coast Phone Book assembled by Trude Forsher for use in their production offices at various movie studios during filming and promoting. This book dates to the time of filming G.I. Blues and is filled with a who's who of Hollywood at the time. Nearly every page shows one or more famous name from the history of entertainment. To name a few: John Wayne, Natalie Wood, Rod Serling, George Saunders, Jimmy Stewart, Soupy Sales, Richard Rogers, Cesar Romero, Jerry Lewis, Fritz Lang, tony Curtis, Dick Clark. The list goes on and on. The phone book measures 9 by 7 inches (22.86 x 17.78 cm);
  • 1956 Elvis Presley Enterprises Six-String Toy Guitar by Emenee musical toys. Guitar measures 32 inches (81.28 cm);
  • "Elvis Presley Mousetrap" This mousetrap and toy mouse was used by Elvis and his buddies to play a practicla joke on Trude. When she was out of the room they placed it on her desk and then howled with laughter when she saw it and screamed. A touching artifact from the relationship with Elvis and his secretary;
  • Signed letter, typed, from Colonel Parker to Trude on Elvis Presley pictorial letterhead, dated December 7, 1956, concerning Elvis and the Colonel arriving in mid-January to begin filming of Loving You. The letterhead measures 14 by 8 1/2 inches (35.56 x 21.59 cm);
  • Elvis Presley pictorial letterhead with guitar doodle done by one of the Forsher children. The letterhead measures 14 by 8 1/2 inches (35.56 x 21.59 cm);
  • Two copies of Western Union telegraph sent to Colonel Parker at 20th Century Fox informing him that "Love Me Tender" has sold more than a million copies prior to its release. The telegrams measure 6 by 8 1/4 inches (15.24 x 20.96 cm);
  • January 12, 1958, typed letter from Tom Diskin to MGM executive Howard Strickling indicating that with Strickling's new promotion, the Colonel is expecting help being named in an advisory capacity to Lowe's Inc. The letter measures 10 1/2 by 7 1/4 inches (26.67 x 18.42 cm);
  • November 23, 1956, letter on All Star Shows letterhead from Tom Diskin to Trude Forsher informing her that the Colonel will continue to use her services moving forward. Love Me Tender had finished filming and had its premiere in New York by this time, and Trude had reached out to see what the relationship with Elvis and the Colonel would mean in terms of future employment. The letter measures 9 by 8 1/2 inches (22.86 x 21.59 cm);
  • "HONDO" Nick Adams stationary envelope addressed to Trude Forsher's home address. The envelope measures 4 by 9 1/2 inches (10.16 x 21.93 cm);
  • "I Like Elvis" pictorial envelope addressed to Nick Adams, sent by George Klein of "WHEY" Radio. The envelope measures 4 by 9 1/2 inches (10.16 x 21.93 cm);
  • Nick Adams signed and inscribed photo to Trude Forsher. The photo shows Nick proudly holding his 1957 "Universal Fan Club Special Award." The tender and thoughtful inscrption reads "To Trude-My girld Firday---Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday...My business associate, secretary, treasurer, fellow snower, and most important, my friend. I will always by eternally grateful and I hope I can repay you someday for all you've done for me and for all your encouragement. Your friend always, Nick, June 1958";
  • Lizbeth Scott signed and inscribed photo. The inscription reads "To Trude-All My Very, Very Best to You, Beth Scott.";
  • 1956 Elvis Presley Enterprises "Elvis Presley Hat" worn by Colonel Parker at the studio. The hat measures 9 inches in diameter;
  • Colonel Parker signature String Tie, measuring 53 inches (134.62 cm) long, with label that reads "From COL. Tom Parker All-Star Shows Madison, Tenn.";
  • 1958 Elvis Presley King Creole stand-up balloon with original "feet." The cardboard base measure 3 3/4 by 2 1/2 inches (9.53 x 6.35 cm);
  • Photo of Colonel Parker and Trude on the studio lot for King Creole holding massive bunch of Elvis Presley King Creole promotional balloons. The photo measures 5 1/4 by 4 inches (13.34 x 10.16 cm);
  • 1957 file copy of Elvis Presley Photo Folio with back cover advertisement for Jailhouse Rock. The folio measures 10 by 8 inches (25.4 x 20.32 cm);
  • 1957 file copy of Elvis Presley promotional photo, blue guitar border art, with stamp on reverse that reads "From: Promotion Department Mrs. Trude Forsher Promotion Co-Ordinator." The photo measures 10 by 8 inches (25.4 x 20.32 cm);
  • 1957 file copy of Elvis Presley promotional photo, pink guitar border, Elvis in gold lame suit. The photo measures 10 by 8 inches (25.4 x 20.32 cm);
  • 1956 Promotional flyer for Elvis Presley appearing in the September 8, 1956, issue of TV Guide. The flyer measures 6 by 8 1/2 inches (15.24 x 21.59 cm);
  • Colonel Tom Parker’s Office Door Sign used during filming. This is possible for Jailhouse Rock or King Creole. The sign reads "COLONEL TOM PARKER "SNOW MAN." The sign measures 3 by 11 1/2 inches (7.62 x 29.21 cm);
  • Trude Forsher's wooden, triangular desk name plate as All Star Shows "Promotional Co-ordinator." Trude was given the title around the time of Loving You, so this most likely dates from that period. The name plate measures 6 by 2 by 2 inches (15.24 x 5.08 x 5.08 cm);
  • October, 1955 20th Century Fox "Inter-Office Telephone Directory." The 32 page official on-studio phone book lists 32 pages of 100s of directors, producers and other production staff at the studio. The book measures 8 1/4 by 5 1/2 inches (20.96 x 13.97 cm);
  • Brown Envelope used for inter-office correspondence labeled "Elvis Presley Dressing Room 6." The envelope measures 3 1/2 by 6 1/2 inches (8.89 x 16.51 cm);
  • 1958 Stenographer's book used by Trude Forsher during the filming of King Creole. The book measures 9 by 6 inches (22.86 15.24 cm);
  • All Star Shows memo pad sheet "From the Desk of Col. Tom Parker" wtih writing "Regarding Tour MGM Today." The sheet measures 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches (21.59 x 13.97 cm);
  • Three Elvis Presley Christmas Card Pristine File Copies, including two 1958 Christmas cardsand 1959 Christmas Card. Each card measures 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches (21.59 x 13.97 cm);
  • 1964 Christmas Fold-Out Card measuring 8 1/4 by 5 1/4 inches folded (20.95 x 12.7 cm), 16 5/8 by 10 1/4 inches open (42.22 x 26.04 cm). The card reads "Merry Christmas to All - Elvis" on the front, with several images of Graceland on the interior fold out;
  • 1950s Christmas Card with large "Elvis and the Colonel" stamp on the interior. Card cover has painting of a winter scene with a chapel, and interior printing reads "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year." The card measures 6 1/2 by 5 inches (16.51 x 12.7 cm);
  • 1958 Christmas Card from Judy Spreckels of the "You Too" World Wide Elvis Presley Fan Club. The card front has a printed version of a Spreckels original pencil drawing of Elvis in his Army uniform. The card measures 7 1/2 by 5 inches (19.05 x 12.7 cm);
  • Three news clippings featuring Elvis Presley. Variety, January 20, 1958, The Hollywood Reporter, March 13, 1958, Die Wochen-Presse, December 1, 1956;
  • 1963 RCA Record Store Poster for Elvis Presley's album Elvis Golden Records Volume 3. The poster measure 31 by 11 inches (78.74 x 27.94 cm).

The collection offers collectors a unique opportunity to acquire an instant museum collection of their own. The wide variety of artifacts, with many file copies and personal items make this a truly special grouping that won't be seen agian soon. The collection is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The guitar has minimal wear with original "strap" and stickers intact. The remaining material exhibits expected wear with various minor defects. Excellent condition overall.
Elvis Presley Museum Collection Direct from Trude Forsher Exhibition in Vienna, Austria - Including Her Office Phone Book from G.I. Blues, Correspondence, Promotional Items and Autographs (37 Pieces)*
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Minimum Bid: $3,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $4,625.00
Estimate: $7,000 - $10,000
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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