The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2020
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On December 17, 1963, Elvis went to the Mayor’s office in Memphis with the sole purpose of sharing his good fortune with 58 Memphis charities by doling out checks worth for $55,000. In a very warm room in front of over one hundred people, the Commissioner announced that Elvis would be passing out the checks, to which Elvis quickly responded “Elvis is going to pass out, period.” Elvis was presented with a large six-foot tall plaque in appreciation for his generosity to the people of his home city. The offered black-and-white official Memphis Press-Scimitar photo shows Elvis likely departing the building given his outdoor attire while walking through a room full of smiling faces and clapping hands giving a round of applause for his kindness and generosity. The photo is stamped on the reverse “Press Scimitar Staff Photo / By Fred Payne / Date: Dec 17 1963” and is also hand-numbered in the upper back corner “80847.” While images of this monumental event exist, this official photo was not among those frequently published. The black-and-white image measures 8 by 10 inches (20.32 x 25.4 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The photo is in excellent condition with minor bends in the corners and surface soiling and staining on the reverse.
Elvis Presley <em>Memphis Press-Scimitar</em> News Service Photo – December 17, 1963
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $150.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $937.50
Estimate: $300 - $500
Number Bids: 21
Auction closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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