The Auction at Graceland•January 6, 2018
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Elvis had a keen fascination with world religions and continually increased his knowledge of the subject. Aware of his faith, fans would often gift Elvis with religious trinkets that he would keep at Graceland. Offered is a pair of elegant wooden hand posed in a praying position that found their way into Elvis’ home and his collection, until in 1975 Elvis gifted them to JoCathy Brownlee Elkington, a woman he dated briefly in the fall of 1975. The wooden hands sculpture comes with two impeccable letters of provenance, one from JoCathy and a second from her friend Barbara Klein. JoCathy’s letter, containing an image of the hands, recounts the details of the gift and states in part: 

Several days after meeting Elvis, he called me, asked me to come to Graceland, meet his daughter Lisa, and go the the [sic] Crosstown Theatre which he had rented to watch movies. When we returned to Graceland, Elvis surprised me with a maroon Pontiac Grand Prix. This was our very first date! We dated during August, September and October of 1975. Elvis Presley was an incredibly generous man. If he weren’t giving me a car, jewelry, money to buy clothes etc., he would give me things that belonged to him. This pair of praying hands was special to him, and he gave them to me one night in October of 1975. Between Elvis’ bedroom and bathroom (see attached floor plan), there was a little closet where he kept various books, record albums, items that were sent to him by fans etc. Elvis walked into to [sic] the little closet one evening when we were having a discussion about religion and brought out these praying hands. Before looking for them in the closet, he had been looking around for them in his bedroom thinking they were on display somewhere in there.

The letter from JoCathy’s friend and wife of George Klein, Barbara, describes her introduction of Elvis to JoCathy in the summer of 1975 at a Memphis Grizzlies game where JoCathy was a hostess in the press box in which they were seated. Barbara mentions the car Elvis gave to JoCathy and further describes, “These wood praying hands were given to JoCathy by Elvis in October of 1975. JoCathy would always call me each day after being with Elvis the night before and relate to me what they had done the previous evening. Many times I was together with them when Elvis rented a movie theatre or when they went to play racquetball. JoCathy showed me these praying hands the day after he gave them to her along with one of his gold hits albums. JoCathy told me at the time that he had taken them from a small closet between his master bedroom and master bath.” The letters of provenance for these graceful wooden sculpted hands provide a detailed account of the circumstances by which Elvis gave these to JoCathy. Also included are a copy of the floorplan of the second floor of Graceland showing the closet in Elvis' bedroom mentioned in JoCathy's letter and a Delta Magazine article dated January/February 2006 that depicts Elvis and JoCathy and relays the story of their relationship. The praying hands, measuring 9 1/2 inches (24.13 cm) in height and 4 1/4 inches (10.79 cm) in width, are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



They exhibit minor wear, with a few small scratches. Excellent to Mint condition.
Elvis Presley Owned and Gifted Wooden Prayer Hands from His Bedroom at Graceland
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Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,625.00
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Number Bids: 21
Auction closed on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
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