The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2020
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From the Estate of Eddie Fadal

Not only was the pivotal moment in his career made during his appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, but television was an important aspect of Elvis’ personal life—he had a television set in almost every room in every house he owned. Graceland had 14 televisions alone, and Elvis would turn on a TV as soon as he walked into a room because he enjoyed having the background noise. In the 1960s and 1970s television sets became a common household appliance, so it’s no surprise that Elvis was once again at the forefront of this movement with multiple sets in each home. Offered is a Sony Corporation television model TV-311R. This set contained three 11-inch black-and-white, side-by-side screens housed within a walnut-grained wooden case with chrome accents. Each set had a US standard VHF drum and UHF dial tuner. The period advertising for this model touted the extreme set as being “For the man who watches everything.” Elvis seemed to be the ideal client as he was known to watch several football games at once. The receipt for this multi-screen set is filed in the Graceland Archives and is dated 1970, which indicates that this advanced technology for the time was likely Elvis’ first triple screen TV that was installed either in the basement lounge or used in his bedroom. Each set contains the front “Sony Solid State” brand plaque with power, channel and volume dials so each could be operated independently. The back of the case has the printed markings “Sony All Channel TV receiver Model TV-311R / Ser. No. 10582 / AC 60Hz 117 V 90W Max / Sony Corp. Tokyo Japan.” This technologically advanced system of the time was designed to impress and no doubt viewing three channels at once did just that. This triple-screen television emanates from the Estate of Lamar Fike and comes with a letter from Eddie Fadal’s daughter and Lamar’s wife, Janice Fadal, in which she describes her relationship with Lamar and the circumstances in which Lamar sold the television to her father. This Elvis-owned and used television equipment measures 19 by 39 by 15 inches (48.26 x 99.06 x 38.01 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated. 

The TV presents with some scratches and scuffs to the wooden cabinet, but is in working condition. Excellent condition.
Elvis Presley Owned SONY Model 311-R Triple-Screen TV Used in Graceland - Gifted to Memphis Mafia Member Lamar Fike*
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $750.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,625.00
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Number Bids: 20
Auction closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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