The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2017
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Luxury in the 1950s meant many things to many people, but to a simple country boy turned rising superstar it meant things like the offered soda fountain and ice cream toppings canisters that Elvis had installed in the Graceland basement during the initial remodeling in 1957. In a 1992 article in The Graceland Express, interior decorator George Golden recounts his experience working with Elvis on the Graceland rehab in 1957: “There were only two things that he asked for...two things. One was that he had the most beautiful bedroom in Memphis for his mother and #2 was he wanted a soda fountain so his young friends could come and sit and have soda.” He installed the ice cream machine, along with the offered soda fountain and topping canisters, in the bar area—it had not been changed to the TV room at that point. Years later, the fountain was given to Elvis’ nurse, Tish Henley. Her accompanying letter reads, in part, “This is the original soda fountain installed in 1957 when Elvis purchased Graceland. It was in Graceland from 1957 to 1974 when Linda Thompson did the remodel. … One day I got a call in my trailer from Vernon Presley asking if he could see me. I walked over to his office and he had this soda fountain thing sitting in a box. He told me that it was removed from downstairs in the TV room and was going to be thrown away. … It has been in my possession ever since.” The six ceramic canisters each have a chrome lid with either a pump or a spoon attached. Two of the larger three soda fountains are labeled “Coca Cola” and “Root Beer,” while two of the three topping canisters are marked “Marshmallow” and “Strawberry.” Two labels are missing. The larger canisters measure 14 by 4 1/4 by 6 inches (35.56 x 10.8 x 15.24 cm), while the smaller ones measure 9 by 4 1/4 by 6 inches (22.86 x 10.8 x 15.24 cm). Also included is a signed copy of the book Taking Care of Elvis by Letetia “Tish” Henley Kirk. The lot is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The ceramic and metal fountain shows signs of heavy use, but remains intact. There are two labels missing from the lid handles, one on a pumping station and one on a topping station. Very Good condition.
Elvis Presley’s 1957 Soda Fountain and Ice Cream Toppings Canisters from the Graceland TV Room
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Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $2,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $4,000.00
Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000
Number Bids: 4
Auction closed on Saturday, August 12, 2017.
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