The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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In 1955, Hal Wallis obtained the rights to A Stone for Danny Fisher, a successful 1952 novel, with James Dean in mind for the lead role of the boxer in New York. After Dean’s death in 1955, the project was tabled until several years later, when Elvis Presley was considered for the role, and the lead character was changed to a singer in New Orleans—it was the birth of King Creole. The film stars Elvis as Danny Fisher, who finds himself embroiled in an adventure with gangs, fights and frenzied turmoil over work, family and love. Of course, the film employs Elvis at what he does best, singing, as the character of Danny woos his love interest at the club, aptly named King Creole. Offered is a life-sized theater lobby standing display for the film. These displays were moved from theater to theater as the film made its way through its run, which could be extensive depending on the popularity of the film. Consequently, many of these standees did not survive intact, making this example a stunning relic from the movie. The standee depicts Elvis in full glory with his guitar over his shoulder, raising his hand with a huge, joyful smile on his face welcoming theatergoers in for a great time. The black-and-white image is as captivating as if it were full color since it appears to be Elvis himself ushering fans to come hither. The display would have stood erect, likely against a wall of the theater lobby, creating no need for the back to be embellished as this one remains untouched cardboard. This wonderful life-sized depiction of Elvis measures 69 inches (175.26 cm) in height, 23 1/2 inches (59.69 cm) in width at its widest and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The standee presents with significant and obvious condition issues, areas of cardboard loss and damage, including one of Elvis' hands missing, but it is in technically GD condition.
1958 Elvis Presley Life-Sized Movie Theater Lobby Standee for <em>King Creole</em> – A Rare Survivor
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $750.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,062.50
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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