The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2019
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The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, considered the signature event for the city of Houston, was established in 1931 and continues to this day. One of the milestones for the 1974 event was the Elvis Presley concerts, his last two shows performed at the Astrodome, which drew record crowds. The first show set a one-day attendance record at the massive venue with an audience of close to 44,000 and the second show, later that same day, broke that record with total attendance for the day exceeding 88,000! Elvis was featured that year with other celebrity entertainers like Conway Twitty, The Jackson 5, Sonny & Cher and many more. Elvis rode through the arena in a red Ford Bronco, an appropriately named vehicle for a livestock show, before taking the stage. A less than flattering article appeared in the Houston Chronicle the following day on March 4th written by Jeff Millar, who seemed more captivated by a female fan who was eager to see the superstar than the performance itself. He began his article, “Occupying the standing room only space next to me at the rodeo Sunday afternoon was one of those 33-year-old dumplin’ darlin’s (her husband’s gotta love her ’cause there’s a lotta girl to love) who was keeping a vigil for Elvis Presley. She knew he was going to emerge from somewhere in the center field area of the Astrodome, and the lady was determined that not a single moment of Elvis on public exhibition at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was going to escape her binoculars. ‘He’s going to come out back yonder,’ she said, the binocs so screwed into her eyes that those apple cheeks were all but bleeding.” No doubt many fans were as enthusiastic as this rosy-cheeked admirer based on the attendance for his shows that day. Offered are two photo contact sheets from the Houston Chronicle Library that contain 54 images of Elvis’ appearance at the March 3, 1974 Houston Roadshow with 48 of those images featuring Elvis. On the reverse of each is written in various marker “Presley, Elvis Astrodome HLS&R 3-3-1974 - singer - photo by David Nance” and a sticker from “Houston Chronicle Library Mon Feb 05 2001.” Not missing a moment, newspaper photographers would often shoot a plethora of images to give a variety of choice for the journalist to pair with their article, and this event was no exception. Each sheet measures 8 1/2 by 11 inches (21.59 x 27.94 cm) and the pair are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

Both contact sheets are in excellent condition overall with only very minor edge wear. One of the contact sheets has a white right edge.
Two <em>Houston Chronicle</em> Contact Sheets for 54 35mm Photos of Elvis Presley Concert at the Houston Astrodome, March 3, 1974
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $937.50
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Number Bids: 17
Auction closed on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
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