The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll was one of the most photographed entertainers of all time. With a career that encompassed the stage, screen and turntable, Elvis was a fan favorite throughout his career, so it’s no surprise that his image graced the pages of magazines and newspapers on a regular basis. Every aspect of Elvis’ career merited national press coverage. The offered collection of six (6) original black-and-white news service photos includes:

  • An image of Elvis on stage with microphone in hand, with a notation in in blue ink on the reverse reading “Elvis Presley / Troy, Ohio,” bears the red stamp of Jerry Cornelius, Staff Photographer, Cincinnati Inquirer, which measures 10 by 8 inches (25.4 x 20.32 cm);
  • A photo of a smiling Elvis with Venetia Stevenson, noted with their handwritten names on the reverse, the Associated Press Wirephoto stamp and the stamped dates of August 10, 1957 and May 11, 1959. It was in August 1957 that Venetia visited Elvis and the following day, the Memphis Press-Scimitar carried a similar image of the pair along with the charming story of Venetia’s visit. Having just been named the most photogenic girl in the world by Popular Photography Magazine, the young starlet arrived in Memphis on August 7, 1957 where Elvis met her in his white Cadillac. He was so excited that the pair drove off without her luggage. Elvis took Venetia, daughter of British actress Anna Lee and director-producer Robert Stevenson, to a private screening of Loving You, along with four of Elvis’ male friends. The newsworthy photo was taken behind the Strand theater. The photo measures 8 by 8 1/4 inches (20.32 x 20.95 cm);
  • A photo of Elvis and his mother Gladys that contains an affixed description on the reverse that states, “Tupelo, Miss. entertainer Elvis Presley and his mother posed for this picture last year at Tupelo, Miss., his birthplace. Elvis, born in a two-room shack returned in style to perform at the annual Tupelo fair. Elvis, a devoted son, took his mother with him to Hollywood for movie-making, to Texas, where he was in the Army, and had planned to take her to Germany where he is scheduled to be shipped next month. UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL.” The photo also has a file tag on the reverse and measures 10 by 6 1/4 inches (25.4 x 15.87 cm);
  • An image of Elvis in uniform laughing with three lovely ladies, on the reverse of which is pasted the newspaper title and tag line identifying this photo as “Elvis Enjoys Laugh With Scandinavian Princesses” and describes, “The visit of three Scandinavian princesses to a Paramount Studio set where Elvis Presley, actor-singer, is at work inspires some real merriment. The princesses called on Elvis yesterday in Hollywood. He is making his first movie since his discharge from the Army. The princesses (left to right) are Princess Margrethe of Denmark, Princess Astrid of Norway and Princess Margaretha of Sweden.” The back of the photo is also stamped with the date June 8, 1960 and measures 6 1/4 by 10 inches (15.87 x 25.4 cm);
  • A photo of Elvis standing in front of Graceland with Yvonne Lime. The photo has the identifier along the bottom front, “MEMPHIS, April 19--NEW HOUSE, NEW GUEST - Elvis Presley, the teenagers’ rock and roll idol, shows off his new $100,000 home to Hollywood starlet Yvonne Lime, who flew in today to spend the Easter weekend with Presley and his parents.” Yvonne was cast in the uncredited part of “Sally” in Loving You. The photo is dated 1957 and bears the Associated Press Wirephoto stamp on the reverse. The image measures 10 by 8 inches (25.4 x 20.32 cm); and 
  • An image of a snappily dressed Elvis seated with two young ladies. The back of the photo bears the stamp of “Bob Williams / Staff Photographer / The Commercial Appeal / Memphis, Tenn.” and the handwritten notation “One time use only.” The photo measures 7 1/4 by 10 inches (18.41 x 25.4 cm).

This incredible collection of striking original press photos of Elvis from the 1950s is a treasure trove of Hollywood glamor and celebrities. The grouping of six is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The news service photos are all in very good condition overall. Several contain "touch-ups" and white grease pencil markings to the images that would have been done before using the image in print. All contain marks and/or stampings on the reverse and some contain glue and/or paper residue on the reverse. The handsome images of Elvis are not impacted by any of the markings or general wear from use. The notations, affixed clippings or paper, staples (to the image of Gladys and Elvis) all appear to be done in the period.
Collection of Six 1950s Elvis Presley Original News Service Photos
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $437.50
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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