The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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From The Oleander Collection

While perhaps not as all-encompassing as the contents of a woman’s purse, the contents of a man’s wallet are also what he considers the necessities. It can be said that a gentleman’s wallet reveals what that individual holds most dear and sacred, providing a glimpse into the practical and emotional side of a man. Offered in this black leather cowhide bi-fold Prince Gardner wallet is a peek into the psyche of Vernon Presley, as it contains the very items that he had with him on the day of his passing. The more than 30 items include:

  • A reproduction of the famous sepia-toned image of Elvis at age two, measuring 3 1/4 by 2 inches (8.25 x 5.08 cm), and contained within a glassine slip holder. Also within this slip holder is the crudely torn lower left corner of a $10 dollar bill;
  • A second, crudely torn upper left corner of a $10 bill, which Elvis carried in his wallet until he died, at which point Vernon kept this token in his own wallet along with his own corner of the same bill (mentioned above). It is believed that each man carried a piece of this bill with them as a connection to each other, and perhaps the ten-dollar denomination was chosen because of Elvis’ passion for numerology and the significance of the number 10, which indicated the end of one cycle and the beginning of a new one. Both men carried their piece of this ten-dollar bill with them until their deaths;
  • An Elvis Presley Show gold-colored metal ID badge, measuring 2 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches (5.71 x 8.89 cm), which is engraved with Vernon Presley’s name and the title “Exec. Administrator Personal Business.” The TCB logo and an Elvis Presley facsimile signature also appear on the lower half. The back of the badge contains a manufacturer’s mark of Apollo Trophies in Los Angeles;
  • An Air Travel charge card, signed “Vernon Presley” and issued to the Elvis Presley Estate and V. E. Presley; 
  • A Hertz #1 Club card, signed “Vernon E. Presley” and issued to V.E. Presley at 3764 Hwy South (Graceland’s address prior to the street’s name change to Elvis Presley Boulevard in 1972);
  • An unsigned Master Charge card issued to Vernon Presley; 
  • A Sears, Roebuck & Co. charge card, signed “V. Presley” and issued to Mr. V. Presley;
  • Two business cards from Las Vegas travel agency Cole Travel Service; 
  • A Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association honorary membership card #04289; 
  • An unsigned paper “Savings Account Reference” card;
  • A typed note, laminated in clear plastic, of six lines stating, “The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher” and measuring 1 1/2 by 3 inches (3.81 x 7.62 cm);
  • A well-worn 1935 Buffalo nickel, dated from the year of Elvis’ birth and believed to have been carried by Vernon deep in his wallet from the beginning of Elvis’ life until Vernon’s own death;
  • A note with Jerry Schilling’s phone number, measuring 3 by 5 1/2 inches (7.52 x 13.97 cm); 
  • A note with the name and address of a woman in Florida, measuring 1 1/2 by 2 1/2 inches (3.81 x 6.35 cm); 
  • A typed prayer reading, “Bless Oh Lord this food to our use and use to thy service and make us ever mindful of the need of others. In Jesus name. Amen” with annotations of an autograph, phone numbers and business notes, measuring 1 1/2 by 3 inches (3.81 x 7.62 cm);
  • The Elvis Special Foto Service business card; 
  • The business card of the assistant vice president of the National Bank of Commerce in Memphis (on Elvis Presley Boulevard); 
  • A Master Charge card with faded “Vernon Presley” signature, issued to Vernon Presley;
  • A National Sheriffs’ Association card, with expiration date December 1978;
  • A color photo of Priscilla and Lisa Marie measuring 3 1/4 by 2 inches (8.25 x 5.08 cm); 
  • A color photo of Lisa Marie measuring 3 1/4 by 2 inches (8.25 x 5.08 cm);
  • A black-and-white photo of a teenage Elvis in a serious pose with a “fan” photo with facsimile signature and measuring 3 1/2 by 2 inches (8.89 x 5.08 cm);
  • A color photo of Sandy Miller’s son Mark as a youngster, measuring 2 1/2 by 1 1/2 inches (6.35 x 3.81 cm);
  • A printed card with the directions to the safe at Graceland;
  • A 1973 National Bank of Commerce Pocket Calendar with a typed piece of paper reading “Series: 1934” which has ten currency serial numbers taped to it;
  • An emergency medical information card, signed “Vernon Presley, 1293 Old Hickory, Memphis” on which is listed Dr. George Nichopoulos as his physician;
  • A Blue Cross identification card for “Vernon Presley, of Elvis Presley Enterprises”;
  • An emergency medical information card listing Vernon’s name, address, religion (“Pentecostal”), medical conditions, medications, whom to contact in an emergency (“Sandy Miller” and “Delta Biggs”), and his private medical doctor (Dr. George Nichopoulos, listed as “Dr. Nick”);
  • A Prince Gardner identification card listing Vernon’s name, address, and whom to contact in case of an emergency;
  • Two worn $1 bills and one $2 bill (with folded right corner); and 
  • A Blue Cross Blue Shield identification card for Vernon Presley, dated May 1, 1976.

The wallet contains a virtual treasure trove of key tokens collected by Vernon over the years of his life—from Elvis’ birth all the way through his later-in-life relationship with Sandy Miller. After his divorce from Dee, Vernon dated his young nurse Sandy Miller, who later became his fiancée and the executrix of his estate. The accompanying letter from Vernon’s widow Sandy reads:

This letter is to authenticate that Vernon Elvis Presley’s wallet and contents are as they were the day of his death, June 26, 1979. There are many different items in the wallet, but of particular significance are the two $10 bill corners. Vernon and Elvis each carried a corner of the ten dollar bill as a “connection” between them. After Elvis’ death in 1977, Vernon carried both corners. Upon Vernon’s death, I inherited all of his personal effects, and this was among them. Sandy Miller Silverberg

The wallet measures 4 3/4 by 4 inches (12.06 x 10.16 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The leather of the wallet itself is still supple to the touch. It, and all the contents, show expected wear from use. Excellent condition overall.
Vernon Presley’s Wallet and Contents Including Corners of $10 Bill, One of Which was Elvis’, Credit Cards, Gold Tour ID Card*
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $4,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $9,375.00
Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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