The Auction at Graceland•January 6, 2018
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Released by 20th Century Fox in November of 1956, Love Me Tender was Elvis’ movie debut. This western-themed musical was originally titled The Reno Brothers, but was renamed after Elvis’ hit single “Love Me Tender” reached over one million in advance sales. Love Me Tender was the only film in which Elvis appeared and was not given top billing, but was also widely regarded as his best performance. Elvis, who desperately wanted to be taken seriously as an actor, would go on to make over 25 movies. Love Me Tender was a fairly straightforward western tale with some nice plot twists and some songs thrown in for good measure. The Civil War era period film cost just shy of $1 million to make; however, all of these costs were recouped within just three days of the movie’s release. During a private screening in Memphis prior to the film’s release, Gladys Presley is said to have cried when Elvis’ character passed away at the end of the film. Offered are Elvis’ personal copy of the film in three (3) original metal reels that measure 14 inches (35.56 cm) in diameter, two (2) original brown-strapped cases with original labels for the film reels that measure approximately 15 1/4 by 15 3/4 inches (38.73 x 40.0 cm) and his personal acetate of four songs, measuring 12 inches (30.48 cm) in diameter, for the soundtrack songs “We’re Gonna Move,” “Love Me Tender,” “Poor Boy,” and “Let Me.” Only four songs were used in the film and released on the mini-album LP in November 1956 by RCA. The film and acetates originate from the 1999 Graceland Archives Auction (lot A147) and are accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the 1999 Graceland Archives auction and a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The film reels present in apparent playable condition, with some waviness to the film visible at the end of the reel. The acetate show signs of wear with paper loss to the label, scuffing and minor scratches, but is in playable condition. Excellent condition overall.
Elvis Presley’s Personal 16mm Film of <em>Love Me Tender</em> and Acetate with Four Songs Including “Love Me Tender” - From the 1999 Graceland Archives Auction (A147)
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $750.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $5,000.00
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Number Bids: 4
Auction closed on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
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