The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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From The Tar-Zen Collection

Modern Screen Magazine was founded in 1930 by Dell Company of New York City. The fan magazine was competition for Photoplay at the time. These type of movie magazines were credited with helping to sell movie tickets back in the day and considered the precursor to the celebrity news publications like People Magazine. Modern Screen Magazine gained popularity in the ’40s and ’50s and while it continued to be published until 1985, its popularity began to wane in those later decades. One of the contributing writers to Modern Screen Magazine was Louella Parsons, who penned a tribute in the November 1958 issue entitled, “The Life and Death of Gladys Presley.” The touching article expressed the strong bond and love between this mother and son and contained many images of Gladys, Vernon and Elvis, including a pensive one of Elvis from King Creole. Offered is a group of thirteen (13) oversized original black-and-white news service photos taken of Elvis being coiffed for his role in the film King Creole, each stamped on the back “Modern Screen Photographs” and “Globe Photos” news service. The stampings indicate that the images were shot by Globe Photos and obtained by Modern Screen Magazine for potential use, while the pencil notations indicate the photos were acquired by Modern Screen from Globe Photos on 2/28/58, but then rejected in 6/58. This could mean that they were never actually used for a published story and were not one of the images chosen for the Louella Parsons article in the November 1958 issue. However, two of the original photos have orange grease pencil markings, indicating that someone at least started making cropping decisions for print. The images brilliantly capture a young Elvis behind the scenes as he is being prepped for filming. The photos each measure 13 by 10 1/4 inches (33.02 x 26.04 cm) and are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The photos present with expected back stampings, and a few have production notations in orange grease pencil, but otherwise exhibit no significant defects. Near Mint condition.
Group of 13 Oversized Original News Service Photos of Elvis Presley Taken for <em>Modern Screen Magazine</em> During the Filming of <em>King Creole</em>*
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $750.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $4,250.00
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Number Bids: 25
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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