The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2020
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With technological advancements, the 1960s ushered in a decade in which televisions in homes became commonplace. While most televisions were larger cabinet-style designs that functioned as a piece of furniture around which families would gather, smaller transportable models also began to be manufactured, allowing viewing of programs from outside the home as well. Elvis was always at the forefront of innovation, whether that be fashion or technology, and touted 14 sets in Graceland alone. It is no surprise that Elvis took his passion for viewing on the road and installed an RCA Victor television set in his 1963 white Lincoln limousine. RCA was also all too happy to promote its portable models to the general public in the mid-60s with advertising tag lines like “RCA Victor makes it so hard for a girl to make up her mind” showing a girl surrounded by portable television sets, or touting their line as “the pick of the portables” even naming a line of small television sets with carrying handles as “Sportabouts.” The offered small RCA Victor set, serial number 95GAB0895, contains an antenna on the top left, two dials and two circular station channels (one for a radio) along the pop-up rear top (still works perfectly!) and comes with a letter from Patsy Presley Geranen on “E.A.P” silver embossed notepaper dated “5/1/95” that reads, “This small T.V. was originally in Elvis’ 1963 white Lincoln limousine. It was removed when the T.V. was given to J. D. Sumner.” This compact television set once belonging to Elvis and viewed by him as he traveled in style measures 9 1/2 by 10 1/2 by 8 inches (24.13 x 26.67 x 20.32 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The TV presents with outer scuffs, scratches and moderate overall wear, but does start up when plugged in. Excellent condition.
Elvis Presley’s Portable RCA Victor Television from his 1963 Lincoln Limousine
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Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,875.00
Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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