The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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Moses Lewis immigrated from Germany to Memphis in the late 1800s and opened a dry goods store. In 1924 his sons Julius and Samuel took over the business after their father’s passing and in 1951 as the business grew, the store moved for the third time to 1460 Union. The launch of the new “Julius Lewis” store created quite a buzz in Memphis for its sleek and interesting interior specialty shops and exterior elements that were described by reporters as having “architectural verve.” The store employed many unique features, making it the cutting edge of shopping experiences, so of course the trendsetting King of Rock ‘n’ Roll would be a patron. The offered chic Julius Lewis tan suede and tweed coat was the height of fashion when Elvis wore this smart piece. The collar label in the jacket reads “Julius Lewis / FOREMOST IN APPAREL.” There are two small tags on the label, one of which reads “DRY CLEAN ONLY” and one of which has the size “42.” The coat, with four-button front closure, was gifted by Elvis to his hair stylist, Homer Gilleland, and comes with a letter from Thomas Morgan, dated November 21, 2017, on Shelby County Sheriff’s Department letterhead that states in part:

The above mentioned tan suede and tweed coat has a “Julius Lewis” manufacturer label. The suede and fabric are both tan in color, with the suede a lighter shade. There are four leather buttons on the front, with additional buttons on the pockets and the cuffs. The size on the label is “42,” and there is also a small label that reads “DRY CLEAN ONLY.” The coat belonged to Elvis A. Presley. Elvis gave the coat to Mr. Homer Gilleland who was his personal hair stylist for over twenty years preceeding [sic] Elvis’ death on August 16, 1976. During Mr. Gilleland’s employment as Elvis’ hair stylist, Elvis gave him as gifts, numerous items of clothing and personal property which belonged to Elvis, including the above mentioned coat. I swear and affirm that the forgoing item is original and authentic and given to Mr. Gilleland by Elvis Presley and acquired by me from Mr. Gilleland in the 1990s; I am the sole and rightful owner of the coat.

This trendy jacket, which was owned by fashion-forward celebrity Elvis and from a store that was once the showplace of Memphis, combines all the elements of style, distinction and pedigree. A trifecta of excellence that is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The coat presents with only minor distresses, with some staining on the interior near the collar and several small stains on the front. The suede remains supple to the touch. Excellent to Mint condition.
Elvis Presley Owned Tan Suede and Tweed Julius Lewis Coat - Gifted to His Hairdresser Homer “Gil” Gilleland
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $2,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $2,500.00
Estimate: $4,000 - $5,000
Number Bids: 2
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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