The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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Leisure suits were a casual alternative to formal business attire that gained popularity in the 1970s when synthetic fabrics were created and became increasingly common. Leisure suits were formal enough to be used for business, yet with a casual air and generally lighter material, could easily transition to be worn informally. Offered is a brown leisure sports jacket owned by Elvis and later gifted to his cook and maid Mary Jenkins Langston. The jacket, with a four-button front closure, two front pockets (which have not been opened and still retain the stitching to keep them closed) and three false buttons on the sleeve cuffs is lined with a brown and yellow boxed-pattern fabric. The collar contains only the care tag, “Professional Dry Clean Only.” This snazzy ‘70s jacket comes with a plethora of documentation including a handwritten letter, dated Feb 8, 1991, from Mary Jenkins Langston to Michael & Cascetta that states in part, after pleasantries, “We’ll get together on the coat it is a nice coat we will get together on the price of the coat. Will write more next time. All from your friend.” She ends with the postscript, “I love you all very much.”

Also included is a copy of a letter from Carmen Anthony Sidari, dated October 2018 that states, “My Name is Anthony Carmen Sidari. My cousin Mike Cannavino of Syracuse, New York was a major Elvis collector. In the 1980’s - 1990’s, Mike became very close friends with Elvis Presley’s cook, Mrs. Mary Jenkins Langston. He visited her and her husband regularly in Memphis and she visited him in New York. Over the years, Mike received numerous items from Mary that once belonged to Elvis. Mary Jenkins worked at Graceland as Elvis’ personal cook for 14 years, from 1963 until Elvis’ death on August 16, 1977. Elvis personally gave her many things over the years, and sometimes the cooks and maids were allowed to take items home from Graceland that Elvis no longer wanted. Mike Cannavino and I are cousins. Our mothers are sisters and we grew-up next door to each other in Syracuse, NY. Mike was an Elvis expert, and would make regular appearances in the newspaper and on local radio shows because of this large collection of Elvis items, his connections to Elvis’ employees and his passion for Elvis in general. When Mike was told by doctors his heart was weak and he needed a transplant several years ago, he gave his Elvis artifacts to me. This Beige Sports Jacket was owned by Elvis Presley and personally given by him to his personal cook, Mary Jenkins. Mike Cannavino of Syracuse, NY received the sports jacket directly from Mary Jenkins in the early 1990’s and had it in his possession until he gave it to me several years before his death in 2017.”

The jacket also comes with a letter from Bud Glass that states in part, “In the 1990’s I met Mrs. Mary Jenkins, who was personal cook to Elvis Presley. She started working at Graceland in 1962 and was there until Elvis’ death on August 16, 1977. I visited with her at the house in Memphis that Elvis bought for her. Over the years, I personally purchased several artifacts from Mary in the 90’s. She and another friend from New York named Mike Cannavino, with whom she corresponded regularly. Mike came to visit Mary and her husband at their home in Memphis, and Mary visited him in New York. Mike was an Elvis expert, and would make regular appearances in the newspaper and on local radio shows because of his large collection of Elvis items, his connections to Elvis’ employees and his passion for Elvis in general. One of the items that Mike got from Mary was a beige sports jacket that was given to her personally by Elvis while working for him at Graceland. When our museum was on tour in the early 2000’s, I was approached by a cousin of Mike Cannavino. She and her brother had been given Elvis personal items from Mike when he was having serious health issues. We stayed in touch for years. Mike passed away in 2017 and I purchased the beige jacket along with and all the other artifacts from both cousins, Sandra and Carmen. This original, beige sports jacket was owned, and worn by Elvis Presley at his Graceland him in the 1970’s.” Included in the provenance documentation are copies of two news articles featuring Mike Cannavino and his Elvis collection and copies of three pictures of Mary Jenkins, two together with Mike Cannavino. This kitschy ‘70s jacket, measuring 32 inches (81.28 cm) in length and 17 inches (43.18 cm) from shoulder seam to shoulder seam, is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The jacket exhibits minor wear to the bottom sleeves with areas of soiling on the back. Excellent condition overall.
Elvis Presley Owned Beige Sports Jacket Gifted to Graceland Maid Mary Jenkins
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Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $2,125.00
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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