The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2020
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A plectrum, fondly referred to as a pick, is a small piece of slightly flexible plastic used to pluck the strings of a musical instrument. Because of their small size, picks are often lost or misplaced so musicians tend to have a plethora on hand. In fact, Elvis was believed to have kept a plectrum close at hand with one often attached to a bracelet so it would be at the ready whenever he felt the urge to strum his six strings. Offered are two white triangular-shaped plastic guitar picks, one embossed in black with the simple initial “E” in the center on one side and the other embossed in black with “Charlie Hodge” in the center on one side. The pair is offered with a letter from Bill Miller, James Miller’s son, that states:

My late father (James “Larry” Miller) obtained these guitar picks at one of the many Las Vegas shows he attended. He attended over a dozen live shows, most of them at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel where Elvis performed. My father had gotten to know and become friends with Kathy Westmoreland who was one of the back up singers for Elvis from 1972-1977. My father always sat in the front row at the shows, and he had obtained several Elvis and Charlie Hodge’s guitar picks while at the shows. Here are a couple more fun notes I would like to share: My dad was aware that Elvis sometimes had difficulty remembering the lyrics of “Sweet Caroline” (which was my dad’s favorite song to hear Elvis sing) during live shows. As a joke, my dad got a copy of the song sheet and had the words reduced in size. When it came time to sing the song at concert, my dad, being in the front row like he always was, offered the song sheet. Elvis saw my dad holding it up and took it from him. Elvis opened the folder with the lyrics inside and started laughing as he saw the reduced words that could not be read. He called my dad a few choice words as he was laughing and shook my dad’s hand. Elvis played in Lake Tahoe, California, and my dad went up to see his show with a lady friend. Elvis was chatting with the crowd between songs and contemplating what to sing next. People were shouting and saying their favorite songs. Elvis stopped and said he was going to sing Sweet Caroline because as he put it, there were two people sitting here that have been to at least 10 or more of my shows. He called my father by name and said he would sing it for them. During the song, Elvis forgot a part of the lyrics and apologized to my dad at the end of the song for messing it up. I know all of this because my dad actually recorded the whole concert that night on cassette tape. I heard the tape only after my dad had passed.

The letter contains images of Elvis with the song folder and shaking James Miller’s hand from the stage as he laughs. Also included is a period snapshot of James “Larry” Miller with Kathy Westmoreland. The picks both measure 1 3/8 inches (3.49 cm) on each side and the pair is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The picks present with little to no wear. Near Mint to Mint condition.
Elvis Presley “E” White Guitar Pick and “Charlie Hodge” White Triangular Guitar Pick - Both Acquired by a Friend of Kathy Westmoreland in Las Vegas
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Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $2,000.00
Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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