The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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American Express began issuing credit cards with the iconic Centurion design in 1958, yet much earlier, in 1891, the company had pioneered the creation of traveler’s checks, which tended to be used to safeguard funds while traveling, enabling the traveler to carry universally recognized checks rather than cash. While in Germany, this versatile option came in handy for Elvis and his family. The offered American Express Company check from Bad Nauheim, Germany was written to “Röder” for “DM 418.30” by Vernon Presley and signed by him on the front and endorsed on the reverse with a Röder stamp and signature. The check, number 265333, has a black stamp indicating that payment was made on April 13, 1959, while the date handwritten on the check is April 8, 1959. While the requesting currency is in the denomination of Deutsche Marks, interestingly there is a printed note on the left side of the check to indicate that “If drawn in dollars and presented in the United States, this check is payable at par through the New York clearing house at the American Express Company, Inc., New York Agency, New York, New York” with an additional printed note along the bottom to indicate, “If drawn in DM, this check may be negotiated only in Western Germany & the Western sectors of Berlin.” This convenient payment method was used often by Vernon Presley during their stay in Germany. This check provides a very rare and unusual glimpse into the daily financial dealings of Vernon while living in Germany during his son’s service. The check measures 3 3/16 by 7 3/8 inches (8.09 x 18.73 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The check is in excellent condition overall.
1959 Elvis Presley American Express Check Signed by Vernon Presley
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $531.25
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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