The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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Hollywood designer Bill Belew was known for creating costumes and garments for the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll both on-stage and off. With a flair for the exceptional and dramatic, Bill knew exactly how to make Elvis’ star shine, with rhinestone-studded jumpsuits, bright and bold fabrics, and styling that accentuated Elvis’ features. One technique he used for emphasizing Elvis’ charming good looks was a high Napoleonic-style collar. This styling detail was used on Elvis’ jumpsuits as frequently as it was used on his personal shirts and offered is an ideal example. This blue satin medallion-patterned shirt with red accents and five button front closure has the high collar element as well as the elastic gatherings at the wrists to billow the cuff for added flair. The shirt retains its “IC Costume Co. / Hollywood California” label, measures 30 inches (76.2 cm) in length and 20 inches (50.8 cm) from shoulder seam to shoulder seam, and comes with a copy of a notarized Mike Moon Certificate listing the shirt as one of the items he purchased from Ed Hill of the Stamps Quartet on March 21, 1982. The shirt is listed among “1. Six long-sleeve I.C. Costume shirts: 2 brown paisley, 2 blue paisley, 1 brown/orange paisley, 1 blue & red print.” The original certificate was signed by Ed Hill and Charlie Hodge and this contains their copied signatures. Ed Hill was the baritone in the Stamps Quartet, the backup band for Elvis during the 1970s. Ed was also Elvis’ show announcer at concerts and the voice behind the closing of each show with “Elvis has left the building,” the saying originally made famous by Horace Logan. Also included with the shirt is a letter from “EP Archives” of Las Vegas, Nevada, indicating that the offered shirt was among the items purchased from the Mike Moon collection in 2018. The letter theorizes that the shirt was gifted to Ed Hill during the October 1976 Jungle Room sessions at Graceland. While many items of clothing were handed out by Elvis at that time, we cannot confirm this detail. This dapper satin shirt, so quintessentially Elvis during that period, is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The shirt is heavily faded on the front sleeves, collar and large front panels due to excessive exposure to sun while on display at Mike Moon's Museum dedicated to Elvis Presley, however the remainder of the shirt is in good condition with the wrist elastic still pliable, and the back satin retains its bright bold coloring. The collar has a swath of lined staining on the left corner.
1970’s Elvis Presley’s IC Costume Shirt Blue Medallion Pattern Gifted to Ed Hill - Former Mike Moon Collection
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $2,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $4,250.00
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Number Bids: 14
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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