The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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The television special entitled Elvis that aired on NBC on December 3, 1968, is widely known as the “’68 Comeback Special,” as it was the launch of the next successful chapter in Elvis’ career. The television special was sponsored by Singer Corporation in hopes of revitalizing its brand (best known for sewing machines). Not only was the program wildly successful, it was the top-rated television special of the year. During this special, a sexy Elvis, clad in black leather pants and jacket, was back on stage and the fervor of fans was back in force. RCA had just released the album, entitled simply Elvis, in November 1968. Ephemera from this television special featuring the Singer name is not terribly common and therefore highly sought after and collected. Offered is a unique display featuring an original June Kelly promotional poster adhered to the larger sheet that has been signed in black marker by The Colonel (Elvis' signature is secretarial). Elvis’ secretarial inscription reads “Thanks and Best Wishes Elvis Presley.” The printed center paper placard reads “Special Thanks to Mr. Alfred Di Scipio, Group Vice President, The Singer Company, for his understanding and cooperation and to his entire staff of Singer dealers everywhere. Sincerely, Elvis and the Colonel.” Alfred Di Scipio was the group vice president and CEO of the Consumer Products Group at The Singer Company from 1963 to 1970. He was responsible for reaching the sales milestone of one million sewing machines during his time and sponsoring 15 television specials including the Wizard of Oz, Elvis (’68 Comeback Special), and shows featuring Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and more. The special display given to Alfred Di Scipio as a thank you from Elvis and the Colonel is centered around the iconic image of Elvis by June Kelly. June Kelly created this quintessential portrait of Elvis which she sold for use to the Rinaldi Printing Company in 1966. The posters that were made from this striking original image were used as promotion at Elvis concerts and beyond. This treasured artifact emanates directly from the Di Scipio family. The display measures 28 1/2 by 22 1/2 inches (72.39 x 57.15 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The area with the signatures shows some minor staining. Overall the display is free of major defects. Excellent to Mint condition.
UNIQUE Display Presented to Singer Executive Alfred Di Scipio for His Help with Elvis Presleys ’68 Comeback Special – Signed by Colonel Tom Parker (Secretarial Elvis Presley Signature)
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Estimate: $800 - $1,000
Number Bids: 2
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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