The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2017
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From The Trude Forsher Collection.

Elvis Presley’s self-titled first LP with RCA acted as the thunderbolt in the gathering storm that was Elvis in 1956. “Heartbreak Hotel” was already a smash hit, and RCA wanted to capitalize on the heavy TV presence of its young star. So five songs RCA acquired from Sun Records when it bought Elvis’ contract were combined with seven RCA recordings to round out the album. The album, and its ensuing hits that were added to the steady onslaught of hits Elvis produced that summer, cemented the young star in the minds of America’s youth. With the movies to follow shortly, Elvis Presley became the biggest star in the world.

The offered copy of this historic LP has no small amount of history itself, as one sees when perusing the back cover to discover the inscription “To Trude, A great little gal. Thanks and good luck, Elvis Presley.” As its well-worn condition will attest, it was plucked directly from the record collection of Trude Forsher, Elvis Presley and Colonel Parker’s west coast secretary and promotions coordinator from 1956-1961. Signed copies of this LP are few and far between, and perhaps none have such a close connection to the inner workings of the Presley machine that was running at full speed by mid-1956. The young Forsher children must have played this record a thousand times, not giving much thought to the inscription by the young singer they saw on a regular basis, often dropping their mother off from work in one of his Cadillacs. Thankfully it survived, leaving us with an immortal artifact from the early part of Elvis’ career. The album sleeve measures 12 by 12 inches (30.48 x 30.48 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The front and back of the sleeve have separated from heavy use. The back of the sleeve has several areas of tape and tape residue, including one that affects “Trude” in the inscription. None of these distresses affects the Elvis signature. The front of the sleeve is in much better condition, with only a few scratches and scuffs. Good condition overall.
Incredible 1956 Elvis Presley Signed Copy of His First Album <em>Elvis Presley</em> - Inscribed to Trude Forsher*
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Minimum Bid: $2,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $25,000.00
Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000
Number Bids: 37
Auction closed on Saturday, August 12, 2017.
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