The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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In the infancy of Elvis’ career as his musical talents were becoming widely recognized, he made several trips to Los Angeles for screen tests, to appear on The  Milton Berle Show and to film his first movie Love Me Tender. Elvis flew to the West Coast on these occasions due to the time constraints of his heavy concert appearance and recording schedules. However, on January 10, 1957, right after celebrating his 22nd birthday with his parents, Elvis boards a train with Gene Smith, Cliff Gleaves and Bitsy Mott bound for Los Angeles where they arrive at the Beverly Wilshire so that Elvis can record at Radio Records and begin shooting for his next film, Loving You, at Paramount Studios. This would be Elvis’ second film, but his first starring role in a Hollywood movie. Offered is an index card exhibiting a bold, pencil signature of Elvis Presley from this early time in his career. The autograph comes with a handwritten letter to well-known collector Tom Morgan from the person who acquired the signature from Elvis. The letter states, in part, “This note is to authenticate this autograph the night Elvis parted from his mother at Memphis Union Station enroute to Hollywood on MoPac #201. I, Nunnally, was employed at the station as gateman. This was the first trip Elvis was to make enroute Hollywood.” MoPac was a common abbreviation for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. This lucky gate station agent likely bore witness to Gladys seeing her son off on his first train trip from Memphis to Hollywood and what would be the launch of his wildly successful Hollywood career and the next decade featuring Elvis on the big screen. The signed index card, capturing a pivotal moment as mother bids farewell to her up-and-coming star son, measures 3 by 5 inches (7.62 x 12.7 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The index card presents with a missing corner and moderate to heavy age-related toning. Excellent to Mint condition.
Elvis Presley Signed Index Card – Circa 1957
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,125.00
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Number Bids: 15
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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