The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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The 1940s and 1950s saw the birth of the spectacle that is professional wrestling, and leading that charge was George Raymond Wagner, better known by his stage name of “Gorgeous George.” His outrageous and flamboyant character brought media attention to not only him, but the sport as well. It was his outrageous showmanship, which included cheating at every opportunity, that garnered him so much attention that he became one of the most famous wrestlers of his time. He was often known to say, “Win if you can, lose if you must, but always cheat!” With the advent of television, the following for his scandalous character grew rapidly and the sport of professional wrestling became an instant hit with the viewing public—and with it, the fame of Gorgeous George flourished. Not unlike today, celebrities often met and mingled, and the offered photo is such an example of a perfect press opportunity made from these two stars of music and wrestling getting together. The offered original black-and-white press photo depicts Elvis and wrestler Gorgeous George at Graceland on February 28, 1961 in front of the music room with the EP coat of arms visible in the background. George is strumming a personalized Elvis Presley guitar. The reverse of the photo bears a purple stamp of “Bob Williams / Staff Photographer / The Commercial Appeal / Memphis, Tenn.” and a date stamp of “Feb 28, 1961” as well as a stamp for “Gilloon Photo Agency / 25 West 45th Street, New York.” The reverse also has a blue ink handwritten notation that reads, “ Elvis & wrestler ‘Gorgeous George’ George was visiting & EP had a new guitar so he wrestled with it. Elvis ‘coat of arms’ is in the background.” This charming photo of two big celebrity personalities measures 10 by 8 inches (25.4 x 20.32 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The photo is in excellent condition overall with minor edge wear and a crease to the upper right corner.
 Original News Service Photo of Elvis and Wrestler Gorgeous George in Graceland Feb 28, 1961 in Front of Music Room with EP Coat of Arms
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $625.00
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Number Bids: 12
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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