The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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Elvis began his fifth tour of 1976 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. Wearing his White Egyptian Bird jumpsuit, he enthralled the audience in a sold-out show. The Louisville Courier-Journal reviewed the concert in an article titled, “Still their king: Fans greet Elvis with moans and screams.” The article describes “the audience, which had waited fairly patiently through an hour comedian, singers and rock bands, responded with moans and screams of ecstasy. The audience itself seemed to be a family tree of Elvis fanatics. Those bouncy teenagers of the 1950 had matured (well, almost) into middle age women in polyester pastel pantsuits. From the looks of things the slight lull in Presley’s career during the 1960s gave them just enough time to get married and raise kids. And those kids had become Elvis fans with all the gusto of a second generation immigrant saying the Pledge of Allegiance. It was in their blood.” The Louisville Times wrote, “Those great pipes are still intact, maybe better than ever.” One devoted fan who attended that evening’s show was fortunate enough to go home with not only titillating memories of the King, but one of his trademark scarves removed from around his neck and tossed into the sea of followers. Offered is the light blue scarf with dark blue printed facsimile signature and squared edges, that Martha, that very fan attending the show that evening of July 23, 1976, received from Elvis. The scarf, measuring 33 1/2 by 33 1/2 inches (85.09 x 85.09 cm), comes with the original ticket stub for Sec B, Row A, Seat 11 that reads in part “Freedom Hall and Expo Center, Louisville, KY, Friday, doors open 7:00 pm Showtime 8:30 pm” at a cost of $12.50. The scarf and ticket stub, measuring 1 1/2 by 3 1/8 inches (3.81 x 7.93 cm), come with a letter that reads,

Martha was living in Louisville in 1976. She had moved there to attend college, met her would be husband, they finished school, married and made their home there. She also met her best friend, Anne, there and they would remain friends until Anne’s untimely death decades later. Anne and Martha attended the concert together. They were excited to have gotten such great seats. Of course, they worked their way to the stage, Martha wasn’t one to miss an opportunity. When Elvis got close to them, he wiped his brow with the scarf and reached out with it. Martha was close enough she was able to reach up and grab it. Later, she and her husband were transferred to Middle Georgia and divorced after several years. Martha married my soon-to-be father in law in 1987. She never told me she saw Elvis. I guess too many other things happened since. Guess she just never thought to mention it. After she passed away, January 2018, I was helping my father in law sort through things and he told me she had a scarf Elvis gave her. He said he didn’t know where she had kept it. He mentioned it to me many times over the weeks - to be careful to look for the scarf. Like I’d forget I was looking for an Elvis scarf! He actually found it - tucked away in the back of the closet with the ticket stub.

A second letter provides the details of the concert mentioning the location, that Elvis stayed at the Rodeway Inn and that the show was sold out with reports indicating attendance of 19,400 of all-age fans, and more. A memorable evening for over 19,000 fans, and even more so for Martha, who went home with a treasured token. The scarf and ticket stub are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated. 

The ticket stub is in good condition with signs of age and handling. The scarf has been stored folded so it is creased and contains multiple areas of heavy staining, a prime example of desired condition in a concert scarf.
Elvis Presley Stage Worn Concert Scarf Given to a Fan from the Stage in Louisville, KY, July 23, 1976 with Ticket Stub
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $2,125.00
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Number Bids: 10
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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