The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2020
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Elvis performed in his home state as frequently as he could when he was back on tour in the 1970s. In April 1972 he played Knoxville, in July 1973 he played Nashville, and in March 1974 he played more frequently, giving concerts twice in Murfreesboro, once in Knoxville, and several times in Memphis. He performed three times in Murfreesboro in April and May of 1975 and once in Memphis in June. In 1976 he played three consecutive days in Johnson City in March and once in Memphis in July. He played Johnson City once more in February 1977 and once in Knoxville in May. Elvis took the stage in his home state a total of twenty-two times in the 1970s. Offered is a small notepad from Willis Supply Company, with locations in Knoxville and Kingsport, Tennessee, that has been signed on the first page in a big, bold, blue ink signature “Elvis Presley.” The notepad comes with a letter from Susan DeRossett that states in part:

I was in Knoxville, Tennessee, to visit my grandmother and aunt in April of 1971. My aunt, who was 27 years old at the time, was a huge Elvis fan. She worked with someone who knew someone with information about the Stokely Athletic Center concert and also knew where Elvis would be immediately following the performance. I don’t recall the name of the hotel, but I went along with my aunt to the parking garage of this hotel to see if we might be fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of him. I remember (I was 16 at the time) standing near the elevator in the corridor, watching the opening and closing of the entrance doors. I couldn’t believe it when Elvis came through those doors! He was dressed in a light blue jumpsuit and had his entourage around him. My aunt was so starstruck that she couldn’t speak! She pushed me forward to get his autograph. I asked him to sign my little tablet. He did and he was so gracious to sign one for her as well. I knew Elvis as a small child, but after seeing him that evening, I became and still remain a huge fan of Elvis and his music.

It was the evening show on April 8, 1972 at the Stokely Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee, that Elvis wore his “Blue Nail” jumpsuit during his performance, likely the very show after which he so graciously signed this autograph for the young fan and her star-struck aunt. The signature on this notepad also comes with a souvenir photo of Elvis. The notepad measures 5 by 2 3/4 inches (12.7 x 6.98 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The notepad page with Elvis' signature has little wear. Near Mint condition.
Elvis Presley Signed Notepad – Signed April 8, 1972, in Knoxville, Tennessee after a Concert
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $750.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $2,250.00
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Number Bids: 11
Auction closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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