The Auction at Graceland•January 6, 2018
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Keystone Camera Company was established in Boston, Massachusetts in 1919 and was acquired by Berkey Photo in 1966, and then sold again in 1978. It manufactured photo cameras until 1991 when it filed for bankruptcy. One of the popular models of its movie camera line was the Capri K27, with three lenses and nine settings for cloudy to sunny day conditions. It was a light, easy-to-use movie camera that is considered a rare collectible today. Offered is a similar model version, the Keystone 8 mm K26, serial no B4037, with three turret Keystone Bausch & Lomb lenses and a cord. This striking example was once owned by Elvis and lent to Samantha Vanhorn so that she could record Elvis and the band practicing, as is recounted in the handwritten letter from Samantha’s father Don Vanhorn. The letter, dated 2/5/98, is signed by both Don and Samantha Vanhorn and states, “My daughter Samantha Vanhorn had received from her friend Elvis Presley: A Keystone 8mm movie camera lent to Samantha to tape some home movies of him and band practicing. She also has a scarf that Priscilla had given to Samantha when she was staying at Graceland.”

Also included is a letter appraisal from Wright & Smith Appraisers dated September 9, 1999 which describes the camera as being in fair condition with a piece missing, and values the camera (as of 1999) at $1,900. The provenance documentation also includes a copy of email correspondence regarding the original sale of the camera by Don Vanhorn. One can only imagine the unseen footage this camera captured of Elvis! The camera with its metal shell and lenses measures 5 by 6 by 2 inches (12.7 x 15.24 x 5.08 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The camera is in heavily used and well-loved condition.
Elvis Presley Owned 8mm Camera Given to a Friend
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,375.00
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
Number Bids: 14
Auction closed on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
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