The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2017
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Elvis was an avid gun collector fascinated by firearms and law enforcement. Over the years, Elvis collected and carried a plethora of guns, owning more than 30 at the time of his death. Elvis was intrigued by guns of all shapes and sizes and the offered example is certainly full of decorative pomp and circumstance. This old Spanish-style percussion rifle with decorative brass studs over the stock and barrel has a flared brass muzzle. The initials “EP” have been scratched into the wood near the trigger. This rifle was included on the inventory list of items once located in Elvis’ Beverly Hills Hillcrest Drive home, and in the photo shown here of that home the rifle can be seen on display. (Photo shown for reference only and is not included with the lot.) The rifle was later part of the Anthony Pugliese Collection of pop culture memorabilia sold in 2008. Anthony Pugliese, a real estate developer, is best known for his Destiny Project, a large scale eco-sustainable community in Florida. The sale of the Pugliese Collection also included the gun used by Jack Ruby to assassinate Lee Harvey Oswald, the witch’s hat from The Wizard of Oz, and Christopher Reeve’s Superman costume, among others. The Pugliese Collection is widely known to have contained many of 20th-century pop culture’s most iconic treasures, including this Spanish-style rifle once owned by Elvis. The rifle measures 37 inches (93.98 cm) long and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

It is unclear if the rifle is, or ever was, in working order. Has many scratches and a few cracks in the wood. Excellent condition.
Elvis Presley Old-Style Spanish Percussion Rifle Displayed at His Beverly Hills Home
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $2,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $4,500.00
Estimate: $4,000 - $5,000
Number Bids: 6
Auction closed on Saturday, August 12, 2017.
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