The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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In 1956 Elvis mania was sweeping the nation and young fans clamored to see the handsome star swivel his hips and belt out his swinging tunes. On May 25, 1956, Elvis performed for the first time in Detroit and fans screamed so loudly, many never heard a word he sang. Among the throngs of fans were several lucky winners of the Detroit Times Essay Contest who got to meet Elvis backstage at this performance. Elvis was booked only for this one date at the Fox Theater but performed three shows that day. He was described in local papers as a “rock-n-roll dreamboat” who danced across the stage as over 15,000 fans watched him wiggle. When cornered by a reporter demanding to know why he was so popular, the star responded, “I honestly don’t know how it took place, but if I can go on from here into the movies, that would be swell.” Little did he know at the time, but the mega-entertainer would go on to do just that, starring in 31 movies and 2 documentaries during his wildly successful career. Offered is a collection of photographs from this appearance in Detroit on May 25 depicting Elvis on stage. The collection includes three black-and-white photographs printed on “Kodak Velox Paper,” with this phrase printed on the reverse, while two of the three have “JUN 56” printed on the front in the white border. In the mid-1950s, black-and-white photographs were quite common, while color was just being introduced and was still much more expensive to take and process. Taking color pictures, especially indoors, required additional equipment and flashbulbs. Even by the 1960s color photographs were reserved for travel images and special occasions. Therefore, the inclusion in this collection of five color photographs from this era is extremely special given the nature of color images at the time. This 1956 performance was a momentous event as evidenced by the five color photographs, each of which have the same back stampings that read “This is a Kodacolor Print Made By Eastman Kodak Company T.M. REGIS. U.S. Pat. Off. Week Ending June 9, 1956 Ro 1.”  Each of these incredible photos measures 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches (8.89 x 8.89 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

All the photographs show evidence of album mounting, either with small areas of paper loss on the reverse from tape removal or the remnants of photo corner mounts on the front. One of the color prints shows neither of these defects. The black and white prints show more defects, with small tears, areas of paper loss and very minor crazing to the finish. Excellent condition overall with several much better.
Group of Eight Photographs of Elvis Presley on Stage at Detroit’s Fox Theater May 25, 1956, Including Five Color Images
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $2,500.00
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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