The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2020
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Before Elvis’ opening night show on July 31, 1969 as he prepared to once again take the stage for a live performance after almost a decade in Hollywood, he was struck with a bout of stage jitters. Early Friday morning, August 1, 1969 after an overwhelmingly successful concert, Elvis attends a press conference at which he admits that he was “a little nervous for the first three songs, but then I thought, ‘What the heck, get with it, man, or you might be out of a job tomorrow.’” His incredibly strong appearance that fateful night led him to regularly scheduled performances in Las Vegas for years to come and paved the path for the method of entertainer’s bookings in Vegas through the present day. Offered is a signed, but voided, check dated August 1, 1969. The check is made out to “International Hotel” and signed by “E. A. Presley” with “VOID” written in red marker across the front and across Elvis’ signature. No amount is written on check, numbered 3579, but a handwritten side notation states, “Hotel bill during show in Las Vegas, Nev. July 24 to July 31, 1969.” The check numbered just prior to this one, which is part of the Graceland Archives, was paid to Village Flower Ship in Los Angeles and was dated July 21, 1969. During that period, Elvis was rehearsing in Los Angeles prior to heading to Las Vegas for his shows at The International Hotel. The check number 3583 which was dated August 4, 1969, several days after the offered check, was written to Lamar Fike for his expenses during his upcoming stay in Las Vegas from August 4-13. The offered check number 3579 is from the historic days in Elvis’ career during which he cemented his wildly successful return to music and a lengthy stint of live performances in Las Vegas. 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 is excellent condition overall with three vertical fold lines and two sets of staple holes that are mirrored in other quadrants.
Elvis Presley Signed Voided Check Dated August 1, 1969, for “Hotel Bill During Show in Las Vegas, Nev. July 24-July 31, 1969”
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Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $2,750.00
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
Number Bids: 18
Auction closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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