The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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Elvis would often mix business with pleasure especially when it came to fraternizing with the local police and security forces wherever he was performing. His love of law enforcement drove him to collect official badges whenever he was able. While he frequently performed in Sin City, Elvis also performed a multitude of shows at Del Webb’s Sahara Tahoe Hotel and Casino from 1971 through 1976. Those shows were beloved by fans and Elvis alike for their more intimate atmosphere, but security was still essential. Elvis traveled with an entourage and bodyguards that included Sonny West. Offered is a Sahara Tahoe Security Supervisor badge with a central State of Nevada enameled seal. The gold-toned badge is housed in a custom leather case with a protective felt cover and identification window pocket that retains Sonny West’s original Douglas County Employment Certificate from 1976 listing his personal details and address at PO Box C, Stateline, Nevada and his employer as Sahara-Tahoe. The card is signed by Sonny West on the reverse. This official security supervisor badge comes with a letter from Sonny West on TCB gold embossed stationery dated July 12, 2000 that states, “This letter is to confirm the authenticity of a badge that was given to me by Elvis Presley and the head of security at the Sahara Tahoe in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. When Elvis would get security badges for himself, he would often get one for Red and I. After receiving his badge, he would then personally present Red and myself our badges. This particular badge is a Sahara Tahoe Hotel Security Badge with the rank Supervisor. There is also an identification card from the Hotel that accompanies the badge.” The leather case measures 4 1/2 by 3 1/4 inches (11.43 x 8.25 cm), the badge measure 2 1/4 by 1 1/2 inches (5.71 x 3.81 cm) and the set is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The badge is in excellent condition overall with the leather case also in excellent condition.
1976 Sonny West’s Sahara Tahoe Hotel Supervisor Badge Given To Him By Elvis Presley
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,875.00
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Number Bids: 14
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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