The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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Elvis begins 1973 with his record-breaking performance at the International Convention Center Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii which was televised to the world. Shortly after, Elvis flies to Las Vegas to begin his 1973 winter engagement at the Las Vegas Hilton. Elvis opens his 8th Vegas engagement on January 26 performing through February 23. He stays busy with tours scheduled in April after his Aloha special airs in the U.S., before heading to his engagement in Tahoe, followed by another show tour in June and July before returning again to Las Vegas in August for another engagement. With his groundbreaking “Aloha from Hawaii” concert that was broadcast via satellite around the globe fresh on the minds of fans around the world, it’s no surprise that Hawaii was foremost in concertgoers’ thoughts. Offered is a golden lei that was given to Elvis by a fan during this August Las Vegas engagement and graced the neck of the King during a show. The lei emanates from the collection of Marty Lacker and comes with a letter from Sheri Lacker (daughter of Marty Lacker) that states:

This gold origami foil paper crane lei was placed onto the neck of Elvis Presley during one of his concerts during the week of August 9, 1973 by a member of the audience. I was sitting with my mother and Linda Thompson in the “Presley” booth near the stage when it was placed on his neck and he wore it until the end of the song. At the end of the evening, Memphis Mafia member and Elvis bodyguard Sonny West gave it to me backstage in Elvis’ private dressing room suite where everyone gathered immediately after the show. He also gave me a delicate white linen scarf with Asian lettering and graphics that had also been put around Elvis’ neck in much the same manner as this origami lei that same night. It has been in my sole possession since that night.

 The gold paper origami lei is created of two strands that are tied together at the top in the shape of a bow. The gold colored foil paper origami lei is constructed on white string and measures approximately 20 inches (50.8 cm) in length (with four parallel strands). The tradition of welcoming tourists and showing affection with the lei became popular in the Hawaiian Islands in the 19th century and this fan shared their adoration of their idol by gifting him with this special origami lei. The lei is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The delicate paper lei is in excellent condition overall with expected signs of wear and age.
Elvis Presley Stage-Worn Gold Foil Lei, Given to Him by a Fan at Concert in August 1973, Later Gifted to Sheri Lacker – From the Marty Lacker Collection
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,062.50
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Number Bids: 16
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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