The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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The now famous ironwork musical themed gates at Graceland, which open to reveal the kingdom of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, were not original to the property. The gates, designed by Abe Saucer, were custom built for Elvis and installed by John Dillars, Jr. of Memphis Doors on April 22, 1957, just a year after Elvis and his family took up residence on this fine property. Elvis paid $1,339.00 for the fabrication of the “special double drive way gate” in April 1957 as noted on an invoice from Tennessee Fabricating Company in the Graceland Archives. The Archives also retains the invoices and checks for the Dillard Door Company for the installation and operation of the gates, which included three car controls. Elvis was quickly ascending to fame and stardom in 1957 and the themed gates perfectly reflect his passion for music and entertaining. The sheet music design gates greeted fans who would flock to the home of their idol, and sometimes Elvis would stop just behind them to sign autographs. Now each year, hundreds of thousands of fans still flock to these recognizable gates which have become as synonymous with Elvis as the Graceland mansion itself. No visit is complete for a fan without stopping to snap a photo of themselves in front of these iconic gates. 

Offered is one of the three car controls originally issued to Elvis in 1957. This Telectron example was given to J.D. Sumner in the Lincoln limousine that was gifted to him by Elvis. The brown plastic Telectron controller retains its original label on the underside that lists the model number and frequency number of “310-15-12.” The remote has a white rectangular button to depress on the front to open the gates and the back is fitted with tracks for affixing to a holder. The controller comes with a printed image of a remote on the dashboard with the handwritten pencil notation “was in glove compartment of last limo when Mike Moon purchased from J.D. Sumner” and a letter from “EP Archives” of Las Vegas, Nevada which indicates that the remote was acquired from the Mike Moon collection in the summer of 2018. The controller, once capable of opening the gates to Elvis’ kingdom, measures 4 by 3 1/2 inches (10.16 x 8.89 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The remote control presents with obvious signs of heavy use, with wear to the label and numerous scuffs and scratches to the exterior body. Excellent condition.
Elvis Presley’s Graceland Gate Remote Control – Included with His Lincoln Limousine Gifted to J.D. Sumner
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $5,250.00
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Number Bids: 14
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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