The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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Just as his star was on the steady rise, Elvis answered the call of duty to serve his country in the Army, leaving his adoring fans in March 1958 to set sail for Germany, where this celebrity was treated much like any other enlisted man. Although Elvis was well respected for his service in the Armed Forces, he was haunted during his time in Germany by concerns that his fans would abandon him during his time away. Even Colonel Parker shared the concerns that Elvis’ popularity might dwindle during his absence, so the Colonel worked vigorously to keep Elvis in the forefront of every young fan’s mind. In the end these fears were unfounded, as Elvis’ career as an entertainer continued successfully long after his return from the Army in 1960. Offered is a collection of Army discharge documents for Elvis Presley that includes:

  • A small “Statement” stating that “there has been no change in my physical condition since my last final-type physical examination” which is signed by Elvis Presley and lists his name, grade and ASN; 
  • A Special Orders double-sided, typed “Extract” document dated March 3, 1960 on Headquarters letterhead listing service members to be released and authorizing lump sum payments for “unused aclv” (unused accumulated leave). This document utilizes military acronyms throughout to condense the vital information and statistics for each enlistee; 
  • A “Report of Medical Examination” two-sided printed form with typed execution of information for Elvis Presley dated January 22, 1960; and 
  • A copy of a handwritten (pencil) letter that reads: “Between 1963-1965 my mother attended Central High School in Nashville, Tn. During that time a classmate, whose mother worked at the VA hospital, brought this paperwork to school. Unknowingly to her mother as the story was told. My mother offered her $10-15 cash to buy the paperwork and the classmate agreed. My mother later moved to MS and married my father and it was placed in his old Army briefcase where it remained for around 40 years. After cleaning out the closet I brought the paperwork to my home where it was placed in a drawer. We’ve brought it out a couple times as a conversation piece but sadly to say it has not been preserved or appreciated as it should be. My mother passed in 1989.”

This treasure trove of Army release information details the conditions under which Private Presley was honorably discharged, thereby completing his civil service in the Armed Forces and garnering a level of respect that would accompany him throughout his career. This special collection of documents marks the time that Elvis was able to return to his musical career and his escalating fame. The signed “Statement” form measures 2 3/4 by 8 inches (6.99 x 20.32 cm), and the other forms all measure 10 1/2 by 8 inches (26.67 x 20.32 cm). The group is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The documents presented with moderate to heavy wear including folds, creases, some separation at the folds, small areas of paper loss and age-related toning. Very Good to Excellent condition overall.
Elvis Presley Signed 1960 Army Medical Form and Other Documents Related to His Discharge
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Minimum Bid: $1,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,875.00
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Number Bids: 2
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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