The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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In 1963 Elvis spent a good portion of his time, when not filming in Hollywood, at Graceland. He started the year there and was back in April where he stayed for several parties he threw, one that month and one for Priscilla’s graduation at the end of May. Elvis spent all of June at home and hosted another celebration with fireworks on July 4th. He spent the last part of September and Christmas at Graceland as well. During this year, Vernon took care of Elvis’ finances and oversaw quite a few projects and maintenance tasks around Graceland, which included planting 18 trees on the grounds, installing heavy, burglarproof screens on the windows, constructing new front and back porches and painting the entire house. Graceland got a facelift and Elvis enjoyed the time he was able to spend there in between filming Fun in Acapulco, Viva Las Vegas, and Kissin’ Cousins. Offered is a collection of forty-four (44) photographs from 1963 of Graceland that document many of the interior rooms and various shots of the exterior and grounds of the mansion. These black-and-white personal snapshots include images of the Graceland grounds and interior with shots of Vernon (2), Dee (1 - with Priscilla in the kitchen), Dee’s sons (3), older boy racing go-karts (3), Delta (3), Grandma (5 - 1 with Delta), Priscilla (1), EP rug with guitar (1), exterior shots (5), and interior shots (20). Highlights of the images depict several cars as well as the Jeep and pink Cadillac in the driveway (currently on display at Graceland), the pool before the creation of the meditation garden, the screened-in porch before they converted it to the Jungle room, the yard before the addition of the trophy building, the yard/pool area before it had been remodeled, a shot of a jukebox near the pool, the doors to the dining room before removal during remodel, the foyer mural, and the chandeliers before the remodel. These insider snapshots, obviously taken by a close relation, come with a letter from Robert L. Dowling III that states in part, "My mother, Gladys Presley Dowling and Elvis Presley's father, Vernon Presley, were brother and sister, making me Elvis Presley's first cousin. These pictures were taken by my fatehr Robert L. Dowlnig Jr. in June of 1962 on our annual summer visit to see my grandmother, Minnie Mae Presley. My father was given access to the house and grounds, and was able to take these pictures freely. These pictures have remained in my family's collection for over 50 years, and were passed on to me at the time of my parent's death in 1985." A treasure trove of photographic evidence of Graceland at an early state before later remodeling was completed. Each image is printed “Jun 09” in the margins of the front. This collection is an ideal historical documentation of the King’s quarters from early in his ownership of the estate and his successful career. Each photograph measures 3 1/2 by 5 inches (8.89 x 12.7 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The photos have been very well preserved with few defects. Near Mint condition.
Collection of 44 Rare and Candid 1963 Photos of Graceland Documenting Many Rooms and Exteriors of the Mansion
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $9,375.00
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
Number Bids: 48
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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