The Auction at Graceland•January 7, 2017
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 1/7/2017
“Elvis Wiggles and Wails as 24,000 Scream and Sob” and “28,000 Go Wild at Presley Shows” were some of the headlines in papers about Elvis’ Detroit shows, which were best summed up by the Detroit News on April 3, 1957: “Who Else but Elvis... could get this kind of reaction.” Local papers were recounting reports of hysterical fans greeting a gold-jacket-and-shoe-clad Elvis at the Olympia Stadium show in Detroit and warning that people were liable to get killed going to see Elvis Presley, likely because of the astounding number of crazed fans. This wonderfully preserved fan collection consists of a March 31, 1957 original ticket stub from the 2 p.m. matinee Elvis concert. The lucky fan was seated in section 10, row D, seat 10 and paid $2.50 to see the King live in the Olympia arena that day. This fan not only saved the ticket stub, but also saved fan club member special ephemera like the souvenir photo and a book of sheet music entitled “The Elvis Presley Album of Juke Box Favorites - Special Fan Club Edition,” which includes the words and music to “That’s All Right,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” and five more songs as well as images and captions of Elvis for a peek into his personal life. Also included is a “personal note” to fan club members from Elvis in which he states in part, “I carry 160 lbs. on my six foot frame and have dark brown hair and blue eyes. Never have thought much about getting married---in fact, just being near girls makes me kinda nervous and tingley all over, like getting shocked, but I like it!!” This great collection from that wild moment in history is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
The ticket stub presents with two folds and several creases, while the fan letter remains clean with only small wrinkles, and the album of sheet music shows moderate to heavy fading, staining on the binding edge and small areas of paper loss.