The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2020
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Founded by actor and comedian Danny Thomas in 1962, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital upholds the mission that “no child should die in the dawn of life.” Thomas was a Catholic who believed in the power of prayer and who made a promise to St. Jude Thaddeus that if he was given an opportunity to provide for his family, he would build a shrine to St. Jude. Shortly after his request and pledge to St. Jude, Danny Thomas’ prayers were answered and his career quickly took off. His kept his promise and built the shrine to St. Jude in the form of a children’s hospital. Thomas picked Memphis as the location because he had decided to build in the South after reading a story about a black teenager who died after being refused treatment in a hospital catering to the white population. Thomas decided that “I was going to build a hospital in the South where they would treat anybody,” he said in 1966. “White, black, green or sky-blue pink.” The legacy of his promise lives on today as the hospital treats children with cancers and other diseases at no cost to the young patients.

On June 28, 1957, the young musician Elvis appeared on stage with Danny Thomas and other celebrities including Jane Russell, Susan Hayward and Lou Costello for the “Shower of the Stars,” a show at Russwood Park in Memphis to benefit St. Jude’s hospital. Offered is an official black-and-white news service photo from the Memphis Press-Scimitar of Elvis and Danny Thomas together on stage during that show. The photo contains a handwritten notation on the reverse that reads “Danny Thomas / Elvis Presley / 6/29/57” and is numbered below “80847” and then “58” in the upper right corner on the back. While the image was snapped the day of the show, it was likely developed at the newspaper the following day and therefore has that date on the back. This photo of two entertainers known for their generosity 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 surface folds on the front surface, corners and upper edge. The reverse is discolored from age with some surface soiling.
Elvis Presley and Danny Thomas <em>Memphis Press-Scimitar </em>News Service Photo – June 28, 1957
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $150.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $687.50
Estimate: $300 - $500
Number Bids: 17
Auction closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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