The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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From the Oleander Collection

Introduced in 1965, the Shure SM57 microphone has been widely used in music and by every US President since 1965 making it one of the best selling microphones around the globe. The initials "SM" in the model, stand for studio microphone and the origins of this model can be traced back to 1937 when Ben Bauer, an engineer at Shure, first developed the single-element directional moicrophone. The deign was tested and improved over time and it was in 1959 that the SM series was developed. Initally created for use by orchestras, this model was adopted for use in concert settings and has become a standard for amplifing drums and guitars making it ideal for rock groups. Being one of the most popular micrphones for its ability to reduce unwanted background noise and feedback, it is also one of the most copied models. Elvis used a variety of microphones throughout his career and the offered example, a Shure SM57, was favored by Elvis in 1972 and 1973. Elvis is depicted on the cover of his 1974 album release "Good Times" singing into this model microphone. This Shure SM57 is engraved with Elvis' name on the neck and comes with the original cord and the A2WS locking windscreen which is used to further reduce unwanted noise from breath and wind. Also included is a letter from Charlie Hodge, Elvis' close friend and stage manager, that states in part, "Elvis had certain microphones that he used on stage and didn't like anyone else using them. He used many microphones over the course of his career and kept them at his homes at Graceland, Palm Springs and his California homes. The Shure SM-57 microphone has Elvis' name engraved on it was used only by him. We often sung gospel with this microphone. There are many photos of Elvis using this microphone and Elvis is even seen using it on the cover for the RCA album "Good Times." Elvis often had his name engraved on his mikes because he did not want anyone else using them. I have had the microphone in my possession since Elvis gave it to me many years ago." Other models of Shure microphones, also customized by Elvis, have been previously offered. Shure microphones have been popular among celebrities for years, with the Unidyne III being the first model to allow the user to speak into the top rather than the side, which made it less bulky than earlier models (also used by Elvis). With the SM57 model being so popular, it’s only natural that Elvis’ own Shure SM57 would need to be clearly identified with his name engraved on the shaft. The microphone measures 6 1/2 inches (16.51 cm) in length, the cord is 18 feet (5.49 m) in length, and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The microphone shows signs of moderate to heavy wear and use. Excellent condition.
Elvis Presley Owned Shure 57 Model Microphone from Charlie Hodge*
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $5,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $12,500.00
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Number Bids: 10
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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