The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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The 1970s was an era of bold fashion and Elvis was always at the forefront of the fashion trends. This was a diverse and vibrant decade for fashion that allowed for liberal creativeness because of the lack of standards and fashion rules during this period. Kaleidoscopic prints and patterns that included psychedelic and abstract designs were popular, and a wide variety of designers and clothing manufactures were taking advantage of the trend. Beyond the patterns, part of this unique style that Elvis sought in his shirts was the Napoleonic type-collars with their long narrow lapels and higher collar fold which served to draw attention to the face. This type of tapered collar regained popularity in the 1970s. It was originally based on the military uniforms of Napoleon Bonaparte with their higher rise collars and more rigid components. Elvis enjoyed custom-made clothing from designers like Bill Belew, but he was just as often known to purchase retail, as well as evidenced by the “Made in California” collar tag on this black and white checkered, long sleeve, button-front example. The offered shirt, perfectly melding the collar style and bold geometric pattern, belonged to Elvis in the ’70s and was gifted by him to an employee of the Las Vegas Hilton where Elvis spent much of his time in the 1970s. 

The shirt comes with a letter from the Hilton employee, Judy White, dated August 20, 2012 that states in part, “My Name is Judy White and I was employed by the Las Vegas Hilton hotel. One of my main roles was to provide room service to Elvis and his entourage. One day in February 1973 Elvis gifted me with this beautiful Shirt with Black and White Checkers, with made in California label size L.” Elvis had taken ill during his February concert series at the Hilton and as a result likely spent much of his recovery time in his room. Elvis’ penchant for staying in was also noted by boxer Muhammad Ali, to whom Elvis presented the gift of a robe embellished with the words “The People’s Champion.” Ali commented “...he didn't enjoy life the way he should. He stayed indoors all the time.” No doubt Elvis preferred room service during this more introspective period, giving plenty of opportunity for him to gift Judy with the offered shirt. The trendy shirt is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The shirt has one small section of the inner fold of the front panels cut away, with both of these seams being loosened. Otherwise the shirt presents with few defects. Very Good to Excellent condition.
Elvis Presley Owned Black and White Checkered Pattern Dress Shirt – Gifted to Las Vegas Hilton Room Service Waitress Judy White
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,875.00
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Number Bids: 4
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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