The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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In 1956, just as Elvis' fame was on the rise, Colonel Parker, always looking for ways to capitalize on his star, coordinated efforts with Hank Saperstein to create an entire line of merchandise that could be sold to teenage fans. Under the Elvis Presley Enterprises name, these products were the first to be specifically geared for a younger audience. The market reacted with great enthusiasm and a thirst for anything with Elvis’ image or likeness, making the effort a huge marketing success. The products ranged from clothing, toys, and jewelry to more functional pieces like wallets and pencils. Offered is an example of the 1956 Elvis Presley pack of 12 pencils wrapped in cellophane with three orange (blue eraser top), three green (yellow eraser top), three pink (green eraser top), and three yellow (red eraser top). On each pencil is printed “Sincerely Yours, Elvis Presley” and this example includes its original shipping case. A true time capsule from a merchandising movement that fed the frenzy of an entire generation. The pencil package measures 7 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches (19.05 x 8.89 cm), and the shipping box measures 8 by 8 by 2 1/8 inches (20.32 x 20.32 x 5.39 cm). The pair is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The pencil packaging has several small tears but remains solidly in place, though with age-related toning. Excellent condition. The shipping case exhibits only minor wear to one corner. Near Mint condition.
1956 Elvis Presley Enterprises Unopened Pictorial Package of 12 Pencils with Original Shipping Case
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $875.00
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Number Bids: 12
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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