The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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The offered advertising piece for the Elvis Presley concert on February 6, 1955, represents a nearly unique opportunity to acquire one of the earliest known examples of an Elvis concert poster. Only a very few of these posters exist—legend has it that a small number were unearthed decades ago. This copy has resided in an advanced collection for many, many years. Elvis warranted bottom billing for this show, though the listing of the songs from his latest Sun Records single, “You’re a Heartbreaker” and “Milkcow Blues Boogie,” is an indication that his star was indeed on the rise. Regardless, the promotor’s instincts were still telling them to bill Faron Young, Ferlin Huskey and The Wilburn Brothers above the young star from Memphis. The poster is done in the classic letterpress print style of the era, with red and blue ink employed on most of the poster. The top portion, in a third color, an off-red, would have been printed later for the show-specific copies made to promote this show in Memphis. The poster’s significance as an artifact is rivalled only by the importance of that day in Elvis’ career. Between the 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. shows, Elvis’ manager, Bob Neal, arranged a fateful meeting with Elvis, Sam Phillips and Colonel Tom Parker. Parker had seen Elvis perform that day and at other stops during the relentless touring Elvis, Scotty and Bill had done that winter, and he was convinced. That meeting was the flashpoint that led to all the major hallmarks in Elvis’ career over the next year and a half, including the Colonel wedging his way into being his exclusive manager, the Colonel negotiating RCA buying Elvis’ contract from Sam Philips and Sun, and Elvis’ arrival in Hollywood to start his historic movie career. It was one of those key days in the story of Elvis Presley, and the offered broadside represents the physical manifestation of that significance. The poster measures 22 by 14 inches (55.88 x 35.56 cm), is stored flat and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The poster exhibits several areas of moderate toning, a crack along the bottom center and an area of paper loss in the bottom right corner. There is a large fold line running from top to bottom. Excellent condition.
Incredibly Rare February 6, 1955, Elvis Presley Concert Poster for a Show in  Memphis, Tennessee - One of the Earliest Known Elvis Concert Posters
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $5,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $13,750.00
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Number Bids: 13
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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