The Auction at Graceland•January 6, 2018
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From the Trude Forsher Collection

As west coast secretary to Colonel Parker and Elvis from 1956 through 1961, one of Trude Forsher’s responsibilities was to run interference, or as Colonel might call it, “snowing,” when needed. One such instance is recalled in a confidential letter from Tom Diskin dated May 1, 1958, to Trude in which he mentions Kay Wheeler and the damage control needed after her imaginative racy stories about Elvis during an interview and her claim to be his fan club president. While only “suggesting resolutions” to curb any damage, Tom closes the letter by stating, “As I mentioned the above will be a good workout of your snow motors and of course you are not speaking for us nor are we suggesting these are merely some ideas.” They would rather Kay were “not closely identified with King Creole prevues.”

The second letter, dated June 27, 1958 with original envelope, is from the Colonel thanking Trude and her family for the birthday greetings. The third letter, dated July 7, 2958, from Tom to Trude requests that she save all the local press clippings for King Creole. The fourth and final letter, dated November 17, 1958, from Tom Diskin to Trude mentions payment for services and includes a check stub for $100 for promotional work on King Creole. Tom also mentions that they are going full blast on promotion for Elvis Sails. This grouping of four King Creole-related letters comes with an original King Creole decal of the type used in the promotional efforts for the film. 

Two of the Tom Diskin letters measure 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm), the All Star Shows paycheck receipt measures 3 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches (8.89 x 21.59 cm), the King Creole decal measures 7 by 4 1/2 inches (17.78 x 1.43 cm), the smaller Tom Diskin letter measures 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches (13.97 x 21.59 cm) and the Colonel Parker letter measures 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches (13.97 x 21.59 cm). The group is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The letters present with minor wrinkling and age-related toning and filing wear. Excellent to Mint condition. The decal presents in Near Mint condition.
Group of Four Letters Concerning Elvis Presley’s Film <em>King Creole</em> Signed by Colonel Tom Parker and Tom Diskin Plus Pay Stub and Decal*
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $200.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $406.25
Estimate: $400 - $600
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Saturday, January 6, 2018.
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