The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2017
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Colonel Parker began as a carnival showman and in 1955 when he and the young singer Elvis met, both their lives would be radically transformed. Together the two soared to heights beyond imagination and created a 20th century phenomenon. The Colonel managed Elvis’ mammoth entertainment portfolio, which included music, movies, merchandising and much more. Colonel Parker first met Elvis while he was being managed by Bob Neal. Parker agreed to book Elvis on a 10-day tour and was amazed by the reaction from young female fans. He convinced Elvis to allow him to manage his career and the first contract with Hank Snow Attractions was signed in August of 1955, when Elvis was a mere 20 years old. Shortly after, the Colonel negotiated a new deal for Elvis with RCA Records, which had acquired Elvis’ Sun contract on November 21, 1955. The offered notarized acknowledgement reaffirms Elvis’ agreement to these earlier November contracts with his “adult” (having just passed his 21st birthday) signature. The notarized agreement from Davidson County in Tennessee states:

On this 25 day of January, 1956, before me personally appeared ELVIS PRESLEY, to me known to be the individual described in and who executed this instrument, and he duly acknowledged to me that on November 21, 1955, he entered into and signed certain management and representation agreements with Col. Thomas A. Parker, that said instruments were formerly signed and executed by him when he was still an infant under the age of 21 years, that he has since arrived at full age and is desirous of confirming the signing and execution of said agreements, and he now acknowledges that he does hereby confirm said agreements as and for his act and deed, for the purposes therein contained.

The document is signed by Elvis Presley and VH Ellis as notary. This incredibly historic document confirming Elvis’ coming of age and full adult agreement with the representation of Colonel Parker and RCA is perhaps eclipsed only by the RCA agreement itself, yet this document affirms Elvis’ concession that he has reached adulthood. This signed agreement comes with a letter from Jimmy Velvet on Elvis Presley Museum certificate stationery that reads in part, “When Elvis was first signed to Colonel Tom Parker as his ‘talent’, Elvis was still a minor which kept Elvis from being able to personally sign a legal contract with the Colonel. Upon reaching the age of 21, Elvis signed an agreement confirming that the original agreement still stood as a current agreement. The agreement of confirmation is dated on January 25th, 1956, which is 17 days after Elvis’ 21st birthday.” This legally binding agreement, signed by Elvis as a full-fledged adult, measures 13 by 8 1/2 inches (33.02 x 21.59 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The document presents with very few defects, one of which is an unobtrusive rust stain from a paper clip. Near Mint condition.
Historic January 25, 1956, Elvis Presley First Signed Document as an Adult - Certifying Earlier Agreements with Colonel Parker
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Minimum Bid: $10,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $21,250.00
Estimate: $20,000 - $25,000
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Saturday, August 12, 2017.
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