The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2020
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Spinout, directed by Norman Taurog and released by MGM in October 1966, grossed more than $3 million at the box office and reached #57 on the year-end list of top grossing films. In the 22nd movie of his film career, Elvis plays the role of Mike McCoy, part-time lead singer in a band and part-time race car driver, who finds himself on the receiving end of the adoration of three women. Within the first 15 minutes of the film, Elvis and his band stop at a campsite to prepare dinner on the road. Theirs was certainly an early form of glamping with their colorful tents, china, crystal, coffee and chocolate mousse! It is during this scene that Elvis pulls out a pistol lighter and ignites the candles in the silver candelabra on their table. Offered is the “Match-O-Matic” chrome pistol-shaped automatic lighter that Elvis used in this scene. The base of the lighter is marked “Match-O-Matic / Protected by U.S.A. / Foreign Patents / Issued & Pending / U.S.A. 203349 / Canada 209727359” and the handle has a faux wood finish. The lighter comes with a letter from Charlie Hodge that states in part, “I was also an extra in many of Elvis’ films. For over 17 years I lived at Graceland in a converted apartment in the basement and remained there until Elvis’ passing. Elvis always liked the newest gadgets. During the making of the movie Spinout Elvis discovered a new type of cigarette lighter that looked like a pistol which was used by him in a scene in the movie. Liking guns Elvis loved this lighter and kept it after the shooting ended. He would use this lighter to light his little cigars he smoked.” Images from the film depicting Elvis using this pistol-shaped lighter are shown for reference. This fun gadget was a perfect accessory for the smoking hot sensation and his wild sense of humor. The lighter measures 4 1/2 by 11 1/2 inches (11.43 x 29.21 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The pistol presents with only minor wear. It has not been tested to see if it lights, but appears to be in working order.
Elvis Presley Screen-Used “Match-O-Matic” Chrome Pistol-Shaped Lighter Used in the Film <em>Spinout</em> with Letter from Charlie Hodge
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Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $5,500.00
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
Number Bids: 29
Auction closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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