The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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In March 1974, Elvis returns home to the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis after a busy tour playing 25 concerts in 7 states. This is the first time that Elvis has performed in his hometown since 1961, and he declares on stage “Hello, Memphis. It’s good to be home.” His first concert is on March 16 playing two shows that day and two the following. A fifth show is added on March 20 when the first four sell out immediately. The last show is recorded for a live album entitled Elvis Recorded Live On Stage in Memphis. Offered is a set of four (4) ticket stubs, original Mid-South Coliseum ticket envelope and five (5) color snapshots from the 2:30 p.m. afternoon performance. This show is reviewed in the Memphis Press-Scimitar the following day in an article titled “How The King Has Retained His Throne” which describes his staying power: 

How has he retained his throne for 20 years while other singers came and faded all around him? Sheer talent is not the total answer. Not even the increasing polish of his showmanship, his ability to adapt to changing tastes in entertainment, entirely explain the phenomenon. The fact is, Elvis has always had another ace in the hole: early in his career, the singer became the master of the gimmick. By chance and also by design, he has always had something extra working for him. … Presley’s style, his way of being the king, always beyond reach, has not alienated the public, but bound his fans ever closer. A man sitting next to me at the Saturday matinee remarked, “It’s his gimmick and it works. It makes people want him all the more.”

Included with the four (4) red ticket stubs, for floor seats 7, 8, 11, and 12, is the original Mid-South Coliseum ticket envelope with a stamping that reads “SUN. 2:30” and a handwritten note that reads “tickets to see Elvis.” Each of the color photos, likely from a different March show as they depict Elvis in the Blue Starburst jumpsuit, measure 2 7/8 by 3 3/4 inches (7.30 x 9.52 cm), and the ticket stubs each measure 1 1/2 by 3 inches (3.81 x 7.62 cm). This grouping, from his triumphant return home, is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

While each photo has some back damage from prior album mounting, the front image area of each is quite bright with intact glossy finish. The bright red ticket stubs are well preserved with no major defects. Excellent to Mint condition overall.
Group of Five Color Snapshots of Elvis Performing on March 17, 1974, at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, Tennessee With Four Ticket Stubs to the Show
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $750.00
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Number Bids: 14
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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