The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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From his very first visit in November 1957 when he reached the island via the S.S. Matsonia to his last vacation in March of 1977, Hawaii was a special place for Elvis. Over the years, he would return again and again as he developed a fondness for the people, the culture and the tropical paradise that was the Hawaiian Islands. Elvis filmed three movies, Blue Hawaii, Girls! Girls! Girls!, and Paradise, Hawaiian Style, there; a number of concerts including the famed fundraiser for the U.S.S. Arizona at Bloch Arena and the widely televised “Aloha From Hawaii” were performed on the island; and Elvis would often vacation with friends and family in this enchanting wonderland.

In 1961, Elvis traveled to Hawaii to host a benefit concert to raise money for the U.S.S Arizona Memorial. The endeavor held special meaning for Elvis, who at the time had just turned 26, because the average age of the 1,177 American seamen that died aboard the U.S.S. Arizona during the Pearl Harbor attack was about his same age. Having honorably served his country, the memorial to the soldiers lost in the attack on Pearl Harbor was near and dear to Elvis’ heart and he pledged to buy the first ticket at a cost of $100. Tickets ranged in price so everyone that wished could afford to attend, with 100 reserved seats priced at $100 each. One hundred percent of the proceeds were slated to go directly to the fund. The concert was March 25th, 1961, and 4,000 screaming fans, 15 songs later, $54,000 was raised. As a result of the concert and the huge amount of media attention it garnered, public and private donations flooded in from all over the country, and on May 30, 1962 (Memorial Day), the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial was dedicated.  Several years later, Elvis returned to his favorite Island Paradise to film his 21st movie on location in Hawaii. The movie, Paradise, Hawaiian Style was released by Paramount Pictures in June 1966, reaching number 40 on the Variety box office charts and achieving over $2.5 million at the box office.

Offered are thirty-nine (39) color snapshots and twenty-four (24) original color negatives of Elvis during his trip to Hawaii for the filming of Paradise, Hawaiian Style and his visit to the U.S.S Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor during this trip to the island. This collection of snapshots and negatives, emanating from the Marty Lacker collection, capture Elvis on the set of Paradise, Hawaiian Style (one image) and a plethora of images of the native Hawaiian dancers on set, and two images of Elvis visiting the U.S.S Arizona Memorial where he placed a bell-shaped arrangement containing 1,177 white carnations for each of the fallen servicemen. The additional images depict the Memorial, Pearl Harbor, scenery on the island, beaches, and native children and ladies. Each snapshot measures 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches (8.89 x 8.89 cm) with some labeled in blue ink on the reverse, and each negative strip measures 1 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches (3.81 x 13.97 cm). This group, depicting the paradise setting that Elvis adored, is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The snapshots are in excellent condition with typical signs of age. The clearest image of Elvis with Hawaiian dancers has minor creasing in the upper right and lower left corners. The negatives are in excellent, like-new condition.
Group of 39 Color Snapshots and 24 Original Color Negatives of Elvis Presley at the U.S.S. <em>Arizona</em> Memorial and on Set of <em>Paradise, Hawaiian Style</em> – From The Marty Lacker Collection
This lot has a Reserve Price that has not been met.
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Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $0.00
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Number Bids: 0
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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