The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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Creating mechanical figures that replicated singing birds and other animals dates back to the ancient Greeks, yet it wasn’t until 1796, with the invention of pre-tuned musical strips, that music boxes became possible. In the centuries that followed, music boxes evolved both in technical refinement and adornment. Germany was an early center for advancements and precision in the field, and by the 19th century, musical boxes were combined with movable figurines like ballerinas and song birds in gilded cages. By the 1960s interest in music boxes began to wane, which perhaps also resulted in the fading fascination for the offered gilded caged songbird music box when Elvis’ grandmother gifted it to Elvis’ longtime cook and maid Nancy Rooks. This delightful trinket comes with a letter from Nancy Rooks, dated March 6, 2002 that states:

ELVIS PRESLEY’S BRASS BIRDCAGE FOR HIS GRANDMOTHER This is a whimsical, key wind, mechanical brass birdcage music box measuring 10 1/2” high and 6” in diameter. It features inside, a small yellow with black feathered bird figure. When wound with it’s brass key, the bird turns to and fro, it’s tail bobs up and down and it’s beak opens and closes as it chirps. (This birdcage makes no sound at present.) Stamped underneath in the bottom are the words, ‘LINDEN MADE IN WEST GERMANY.’ There is also a 3 position lever with the options: ‘Continuous, Intermission and Stop.’ I believe that Elvis bought this birdcage in Germany where he was in the army, and once home, had it hung in his grandmother’s room at Graceland. (On the wall near the organ). Elvis’ grandmother, Mrs. Minnie Mae Presley, gave this birdcage to me, Nancy Rooks. It was her way of saying thank you for my working at Graceland so many years.

This lovely treasured birdcage measures 10 by 6 inches (25.4 x 15.24 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The item’s movement aspects are in working order—when wound the bird rotates and moves its tail and beak. However, it does not emit sound. The metal exhibits signs of age and use. Excellent condition.
Elvis Presley Owned Ornate “Birdcage” Music Box Gifted to Graceland Maid Nancy Rooks
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Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $2,500.00
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
Number Bids: 22
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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