The Auction at Graceland•January 6, 2018
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G.I. Blues is the romping tale of Tulsa McLean (Elvis) being forced into a less-than-chivalrous wager involving the long-legged Lili (Juliet Prowse of L’eggs Pantyhose commercial fame). G.I. Blues’ style of light plot and plenty of music would become the template for most of Elvis’ films in the decade. The soundtrack album was released by RCA in October of 1960 to coincide with the opening of the film in November. As a nod to military hats, promotional paper versions advertising the new album were created to market Elvis’ return from service and his new similarly-themed movie and soundtrack album. The paper souvenir hats were distributed as movie theater premiums. Offered is an example that emanated from Ken Moore, Elvis’ head of security in the late 1950s and early 1960s when the movie was filmed. The hat reads “AVAILABLE AT RCA VICTOR DEALERS / ELVIS’ ‘G.I. Blues’ Album” on one side and “NOW... AT YOUR FAVORITE THEATRE / ELVIS in ‘G.I. Blues’ / A Hal Wallis Production - A Paramount Picture” on the other, with both sides featuring an illustration of Elvis in his Army uniform. The hat comes with a letter from Chris Davidson that states in part: 

...and GI Blues promotional hat were given to Ken Moore who worked security for Elvis in the late 50s. Ken Moore and his wife accompanied Elvis, along with several others on the SS Lurline, a Matson Cruise Ship, in November, 1957 for Elvis’ last two concerts held in Honolulu, Hawaii on November 10th & 11th. Mr. Moore traveled both to and from Hawaii via San Francisco on the ship in addition to working several other concerts as security. These two items were obtained directly from the estate of Ken Moore who received these items from Elvis to give out to fans.

The hat measures 5 1/2 by 11 inches (13.97 x 27.94 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The hat has no defects. Near Mint condition.
Elvis Presley <em>G.I. Blues</em> Paper Hat Given to Bodyguard Ken Moore
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $100.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $156.25
Estimate: $200 - $300
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
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