The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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There is perhaps nothing more exciting to a fan attending an Elvis concert than to be the recipient of a scarf from around the King’s neck. While many can boast of owning a souvenir concert scarf, few can lay claim to being given one by Elvis directly from the stage. The offered white scarf is that very treasured token and the story behind the acquisition is no less exciting than the scarf itself. As a young 15-year-old fan, Sandy and her mother went to great lengths to obtain tickets to see Elvis in concert at the Roanoke Civic Center in Virginia. The March 10, 1974 concert saw over 10,000 eager fans anxious to hear Elvis croon ballads and gyrate to his up-tempo tunes with Sandy and her mom in front row seats. The Roanoke World-News at the time reported that no fan left the performance disappointed and mentions the “little girls who got one of the blue or white scarves, obviously felt they’d gotten their money’s worth.” This little girl was likely none other than Sandy, who successfully scored a white scarf that evening from the King himself. She recounts in detail the great efforts endured to acquire the tickets and her extraordinary experience that night in a letter that reads, in part:

The night of the concert could not come soon enough!! Mom and I bought a beautiful bouquet of red roses from a local florist for me to give Elvis. When we got our seats, an employee asked me ‘What are you going to do with those roses?’ To which I replied, ‘I’m giving them to Elvis.’ She told me that no one would be able to leave their seats. In my mind, I thought ‘Really? I slept on the steps for seventeen hours for these tickets, I had hot coffee spilled on me AND I’ve waited 16 years for this—ELVIS WILL get these roses-somehow.’ About 20 minutes into the concert, another employee told me to go on up to the stage to give Elvis the roses. He sat in the floor to keep other fans back. I went to the middle of the stage and held the roses up to Elvis. He leaned over to get my roses. Mom said that I grabbed Elvis’ pants leg, but I don’t remember! Elvis looked down at me and smiled and handed me this scarf. … [The accompanying] photos are taken on the night of the concert in 1974 at Roanoke, VA. The one with Elvis with his guitar was taken right before I received my scarf. The scarf he has on in this picture is the one that is on auction.

An unforgettable event for this young fan and a memory that will last a lifetime. The white scarf is accompanied by two modern photos, measuring 4 by 6 inches (10.16 x 15.24 cm), showing Elvis on stage elsewhere in concert (originally these were thought to show Elvis in this Roanoke concert, but the jumpsuit is not the one he wore that evening). The scarf measures 34 by 34 inches (86.36 x 86.36 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The scarf presents with heavy staining most likely from sweat. These stained areas are various shades of yellow consistent with sweat. Near Mint condition.
Elvis Presley Stage-Worn Scarf Given to a Fan in the Front Row on March 10, 1974, in Roanoke, VA
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,250.00
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Number Bids: 1
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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