The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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Offered is one of at least 20 checks signed by Elvis, written against his personal account and issued as bonus payment for the July 8-24 road tour. The offered check is made out to Vernon Presley in the amount of $3,500 and dated July 23, 1975. Additional bonus checks for this road tour were issued to Jackie Kahane, Charlie Hodge, Dean Nichopoulos, Lamar Fike, Dave Hebler, Joe Esposito, Red West, Sonny West, Felton Jarvis, Dick Grob, Jerry Scheff, Ronnie Tutt, Glen Hardin, Voice (singing group), Kathy Westmoreland, Joe Guercio, The Sweet Inspirations, and J.D. Sumner and The Stamps. This 17-day July tour began in Oklahoma and was the third road tour of 1975. This check to Vernon contains a strong, black ink “E.A. Presley” signature and the side handwritten notation “Bonus on July 75 Road Tour.” Elvis was not the only one working hard during this tour, since it was during this time that Vernon hired an architect to design and oversee construction of the racquetball court at Graceland. But even beyond these bonus checks, the funds were flying during this tour, as Elvis purchased a plethora of jewelry (many as gifts in an apology for the tensions with Kathy Westmoreland, who left the tour for a short period because of snide remarks Elvis made about her on stage); paid for the television he shot in his room at the Roadway Inn in Asheville, North Carolina; and bought a Grumman Gulfstream G-1 airplane that he presented to the Colonel (which the Colonel refused). This check to his father was a mere fraction of the monies spent by Elvis on this tour. This check was originally offered in the 1999 Graceland Archives Auction as part of lot C203. The check measures 3 by 8 1/4 inches (7.62 x 20.95 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The check presents with expected cancellations and handwritten notations, but no other defects. Near Mint condition.
Elvis Presley Signed 1975 Concert Tour Bonus Check Written to Vernon Presley with Vernon’s Signature Endorsement on Back - From the 1999 Graceland Archives Auction
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $2,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $5,250.00
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Number Bids: 16
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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