The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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On August 17, 1977 the local Memphis paper, The Commercial Appeal, announced the passing of Elvis the previous day with the headline, “Death Captures Crown of Rock and Roll - Elvis Dies Apparently After Heart Attack.” After his death, thousands flocked to Graceland to pay their tributes, with over 80,000 fans lining the processional route. Even President Jimmy Carter was quoted saying that Elvis “permanently changed the face of American popular culture.” Condolences poured in from around the world and the family took great care in sending notes of thanks for the plethora of sympathies expressed. Offered is a prime example of the unsigned thank you card that was mailed to fans and friends who reached out to the Presley family after the tragic loss of Elvis. This Hallmark brand notecard was sent to Sharon Coldwell of Trenton, Michigan as the handwritten address on the front of the envelope indicates. The envelope is postmarked twice October 11, 1977, in black and red ink on the front. The simple ivory notecard reads on the front “The family of Elvis Aron Presley acknowledges with grateful appreciation your kind expression of sympathy.” A musical icon was lost that dark day, but the memory and legacy of Elvis live on. The notecard and envelope measure 3 3/4 by 5 1/4 inches (9.52 x 13.33 cm) and are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The envelope exhibits discoloration (from age and exposure) with a rip along the upper left corner. Slight discoloration to reverse only of the card.
Notecard of Appreciation for Condolences from “The Family of Elvis Aron Presley”
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Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $150.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $531.25
Estimate: $300 - $500
Number Bids: 13
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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