The Auction at Graceland•January 7, 2017
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From the collection of “Rockin’” Robin Rosaaen.

Perhaps what endears Elvis Presley to his fans so much is the fact that it seemed like there was no end to his willingness to give. In December 1960 an editorial ran in an L.A. paper about the stalled efforts to complete the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. This article was spotted by the Colonel, and Elvis answered the call to duty. A benefit concert was organized to raise $50,000 towards the completion of the memorial. On January 11, 1961, a press conference was held and it was announced that Elvis would perform this benefit concert on the condition that every penny from the concert must go to the fund. Having honorably served his country in the Armed Forces, Elvis held this memorial and the soldiers that perished near to his heart. Ticket prices ranged from $3 to $10 for reserved section seats, and $100 for the 100 reserved “ringside” seats—and Elvis was the first to buy a ticket. The concert was set for March 25, 1961, and 4,000 screaming fans, 15 songs and $54,000 later, Elvis left the building. As a result of the concert and the huge amount of media attention it garnered, public and private donations flooded in from all over the country. On May 30, 1962 (Memorial Day) the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial was dedicated. Offered in a spectacular framed display dedicated to this historic concert are: 

  • the rare $100 ticket (of which only 100 were sold), 
  • an example of the $3.50 ticket for Section C, 
  • a printed article entitled “Elvis Remembers Pearl Harbor” that describes the project and Elvis’ involvement in detail, 
  • a copy of a black-and-white photo of Elvis donning a lei at the concert, 
  • an original black-and-white snapshot of Elvis belting out a tune during the concert, and 
  • a bold “Elvis Presley” signature on a pink Hawaiian Village Hotel stationery note. 

This incredible collection of artifacts is nicely framed in a display that measures 16 by 29 inches (40.64 x 73.66 cm). The tickets measure 2 1/4 by 4 1/8 inches (5.71 x 10.47 cm) and 2 9/16 by 4 inches (6.50 x 10.16 cm) respectively. The original snapshot measures 3 1/4 by 2 1/4 (8.25 x 5.71 cm) and the pink notecard measures 4 3/16 x 3 inches (10.63 x 7.62 cm). This visually historic collection is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The pink notecard is well worn, with a tear down the center, creases along the bottom quadrant and small areas of paper loss around the edges, none of which affect the signature. All items are in very good to excellent condition overall.
1961 Elvis Presley Signed Hawaiian Village Hotel Notepad Sheet in Framed Display with Two Tickets and Article From Bloch Arena Show to Benefit the U.S.S. <em>Arizona</em> Memorial*
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $2,500.00
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Number Bids: 13
Auction closed on Saturday, January 7, 2017.
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