The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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Elvis favored triangular shaped white picks with the simple letter “E” or faux tortoiseshell picks with the initials “E.P.” Offered is a handsome display containing examples of both of Elvis’ favored picks. D’Andrea Picks was the company that created the first plastic pick in 1922 and the brand is still widely used today. D’Andrea was also the first to imprint up to 12 block letters on picks as early as 1938. The offered triangular, faux tortoiseshell guitar pick is embossed with the initials “E.P.” on one side and is displayed with a white triangular guitar pick with the small squared letter “E” in the center on one side and a backstage pass to create an impressive concert-themed framed display. While both picks were owned by Elvis, it cannot be determined if these specific specimens were ones with which Elvis played. The white backstage pass from June 1972 comes with a letter from Elvis-A-Rama Museum which states in part: 

After a monotonous film career, Elvis returned to live performances by touring a variety of cities in the US in 1970. The band and other personnel were given backstage passes to have uninterrupted access to the venue and staging area to set-up for the next concert. The first series of passes were actually paper stickers with “Elvis on Tour Show Member” printed on the front. They were printed in various colors including blue, purple, green, red and orange. Each city had a different color. However after each show, members of the crew would pull the sticker off their jacket and either give them to fans or throw them on the ground. Fans kept these as souvenirs and some even attempted to use them the following year to gain access backstage. So the following year, Col. Parker and his staff had the year printed as well, which read, ‘On Tour - Elvis 1971.’ However since more and more fans began to follow Elvis to subsequent cities, the stickers were changed once again in 1972 with both the year and month of the tour printed to prohibit fans from getting backstage. The tour passes read, “Now on tour - Elvis April 1972” as well as “Elvis On Tour-Building Personnel.” The final paper sticker was in June of 1972.

The tortoise shell pick comes with an official certificate from the Graceland Archives and the white pick comes with a notarized letter from a private collector that states in part, “This particular pick was picked up off the floor of the stage after one of Elvis’ concerts in 1973.” The stunning silver-colored framed display with grey velvet mats measures approximately 13 1/2 by 21 by 1 inches (34.29 x 53.34 x 2.54 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The framed display is in excellent condition overall with each relic carefully placed so as not to cause damage to the artifact while giving a floating appearance within the mounting.
Elvis Presley Picks and Backstage Pass Framed Display, with Elvis Owned Tortoiseshell and White Guitar Picks
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $2,375.00
Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
Number Bids: 6
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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