The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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Elvis had many friends throughout his life and early in his career, Arthur Hooten was one. Arthur and Elvis met through their mothers as Gladys worked at Britling Cafeteria with Arthur’s mother. Arthur traveled with Elvis on a few occasions and spent some time in the mid-50s with Elvis before their lives took them in different directions. But before this happened, Elvis and Arthur, along with another friend (possibly Elvis’ cousin Junior Smith), attended the Mid-South Fair in 1955 and posed for a picture. The Mid-South Fair started in 1856 as The Shelby County Fair to showcase the local agricultural products and the latest inventions and machinery. Over the years, the fair continued traditions and evolved by adding exhibitions and events. The name changed to the Mid-South Fair in 1929 and in 1953, the youth talent contest was created. This year Elvis attended with his cousin Gene, dressed as cowboys. In 1956, the fair celebrated its centennial with a surprise appearance by Elvis Presley. Elvis enjoyed attending the fair each year and offered is the sepia-toned period photo of Elvis, Arthur Hooten and (possibly) Junior Smith taken in 1955 on a bench at the Mid-South Fair. The photo captures a casual moment of Elvis enjoying a good time with his friends. The photo measures 9 3/8 by 6 inches (23.81 x 15.24 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The photo has minor edge wear and is in excellent condition overall.
1955 Photo of Elvis Presley, Arthur Hooten and Another at the Mid-South Fair
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $5,750.00
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Number Bids: 35
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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