The Auction at Graceland•January 6, 2018
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From the Collection of Dixie Locke Emmons

It was January 1954 and Elvis’ family was relatively new to Memphis. Elvis attended the First Assembly of God church to hear the Blackwood Brothers Quartet, who were members of the congregation and of whom Elvis was a fan. It didn’t take long for Elvis to be noticed by a group of girls, among them the lovely Dixie Locke. Unbeknownst to Elvis, they admired him from afar and hatched a plan to discuss their weekend plans within his earshot in hopes he would come to the Rainbow Rollerdome. And in fact, he did not disappoint. When he showed up at the skating rink, Dixie immediately spotted him and skated over to introduce herself. He knew just who she was and the two talked all evening, with Elvis driving her home at the end of the night. A courtship followed and the two began dating. Elvis was about four years Dixie’s senior so it required some interrogating questions from both sets of parents before they all blessed the relationship. In the summer of 1954, Dixie and Elvis parted company for the first time when Dixie’s family left Memphis for a Florida vacation. While they were away, Elvis began early recordings in Sun Studio and Dixie returned to him to hear his surprise as he was making radio airtime. The two dated for about two years, with Elvis taking Dixie to her high school prom in 1955. It was later that fall that the two drifted their separate ways. Dixie has been quoted describing the departure as “It was kind of a natural thing. His career was going in one direction and I didn’t feel that I could be a part of it.” Dixie’s and Elvis' relationship is the story of young love in the mid-50s, when Elvis was the new boy in town who dressed and wore his hair a little differently and expressed a voracious love of music, carrying his guitar wherever he went. It was this second love that outshone the first and would transform Elvis into the ultimate entertainer and the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Offered in the next five lots are incredible personal snapshots belonging to Dixie which recall that time of innocence when their relationship was in full bloom and perfectly capture the times they spent together. 

This sepia-toned photo postcard displays a three-quarter view of a young Elvis clad in a black-and-white jacket, appearing as if he is taking in the overwhelming attention he is beginning to receive at this early stage of his career. The innocence of the young star is perfectly captured in the gazing look and parted-lip quasi-smile, with the slicked back hair and stylish attire for which he was well known even at a young age. The back of the photo has the inscription “To my beloved little sister-in-law, my next best girl, Elvis.” It was obviously a proud young star that penned this missive on the back of a photo postcard of himself. According to Dixie Locke Emmons in a letter that comes with the photo, the image was taken at the Blue Light Studio in Memphis and was inscribed to Dixie’s sister. Elvis referred to Dixie’s sister as his “little sister-in-law” because he and Dixie had talked seriously of marriage during their relationship and at the time, the two were sure that marriage was in their future. The photo measures 3 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches (8.89 x 9.35 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The photo postcard exhibits some surface smudging and crackling along the left edge. The bottom edge contains tape residue with some surface crackling overall. The postcard has been trimmed along the edges.
Elvis Presley Signed and Inscribed Snapshot - Given to His “Little Sister-in-Law” - From the Dixie Locke Collection*
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $750.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,625.00
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Number Bids: 24
Auction closed on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
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