The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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In Elvis’ early career, the Colonel was sensitive to expenses and a result, Elvis and his entourage would often travel by bus or by train. On April 18, 1960, Elvis boarded a train with Joe Esposito, Charlie Hodge, Lamar Fike, Sonny West, Gene Smith, the Colonel and his staff bound for California where Elvis was scheduled to begin filming for his fifth movie, G.I. Blues. The group reserved two private cars on the Southern Pacific Sunset Limited line to the tune of $2,400 for the journey. After being mobbed by fans en route during a stop in El Paso, Texas, Elvis snuck off the train just outside the station when the party arrived at their final destination in Los Angeles on April 20th. A car was waiting to whisk Elvis to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel where he leased apartments on the 6th and 10th floors of the hotel for six months during the filming of G.I. Blues. It was on this train trip to Hollywood that Elvis gave an interview to the press corps while actually on the train, during which the press had plenty of questions for the young, returning star, including asking him if he thought rock and roll had died, to which he responded, “I think it’s getting better all the time, you know, because the arrangements are getting better, they’re adding more instruments, and, you know, so forth, it’s getting better, but in 1956 when I first started out, I was hearing the same thing, that rock ‘n’ roll was dead, that it was dying out, I’m not saying that it won’t die out, because it may be dead tomorrow, completely, I don’t know.” Thankfully, not only did Elvis’ star shoot into the stratosphere, but rock ‘n’ roll continued to flourish and evolve. 

This interview on the train is well documented and offered is a comprehensive collection of contact strip sheets of original 35mm black-and-white images of this famous interview session. Each of the twenty-nine (29) images captures Elvis responding to questions during this interview and in almost every picture, a hand (belonging to a person out of the frame) holding a microphone towards Elvis is visible. The strips are contained in a plastic sheet holder that is labeled in handwritten marker along the top “April 20, 1960 Proofs.” Each strip measures 8 by 1 1/2 inches (20.32 x 3.81 cm) with one measuring only 1 1/2 by 6 inches (3.81 x 15.24 cm). This grouping of crisp black-and-white images, capturing an iconic moment in the career of this young entertainer whose star appeal was on the steady rise, is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The contact sheet image strips are in very good condition with typical creases and edge wear, some edge trimming, each with tape residue along the side edges. Each exhibits signs of handling, age and use.
Set of Six 35mm Contact Sheet Original Photo Strips (with 29 Photos) of Elvis Presley Being Interviewed on the Train to Film <em>G.I. Blues</em>
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,750.00
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
Number Bids: 16
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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