The Auction at Graceland•March 4, 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/4/2017
From the collection of “Rockin’” Robin Rosaaen.
One of the images taken by Memphis photographer William Speer in late 1954/early 1955 in the first professional photo session of Elvis when Bob Neal and Sam Phillips sent their new young talent to get promotional shots. Speer took 11 different images, the offered being an example of one pose, with five other images of a shirtless Elvis prompted by Speer’s wife in response to the fact that Elvis had brought no change of outfit for the session. This early example is signed twice in black ink on the reverse and handsomely framed to view both front and back of the photo. The framed photo of the rising star measures 15 3/4 by 14 1/4 inches (40.0 x 36.19 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
The photo exhibits a diagonal crease to the upper right corner, and imprints from the signature are visible on the front. The signatures are dark and bold and the frame exposes both sides of the photograph.