The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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Elvis was known for his voracious reading of spiritual and religious material and one of Elvis’ favorite books was The Prophet, by Lebanese-American writer and philosopher Kahlil Gibran. Originally published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1923, the popularity of the book steadily increased over the years, with the millionth copy sold in 1957. Elvis was known to keep extra copies on hand to give away to friends and acquaintances. Offered is a special page containing an inscription and underlining by Elvis from one of his favorite personal books. Elvis’ has underlined the passages: “You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you may need them tomorrow?” and “Is not dread of thirst when your well is full, the thirst that is unquenchable?” Also underlined is “And there are those who have little and give it all. These are the believers in life and the bounty of life, and their coffer is never empty. There are those who give joy, and that joy is their reward.” Added at the bottom of the page is the handwritten notation, “It is easier for a poor man to enter the kingdom of heaven than a rich man.” Elvis certainly believed and lived by these words as his generosity with his possessions and of himself was evident throughout his life. 

This heavily marked page comes with a booklet that contains images of the original book with this page still intact within the book before this page was removed and framed. The booklet indicates that in this book, 16 sheets (22 pages) had notes contained on them. Also included in the booklet is a copy of a letter from Vester Presley that states, “My name is Vester Preslev [sic] and I am Vernon Preslev’s [sic] brother and Elvis’ uncle. In 1957 Elvis asked me to work full time for him at Graceland which I did. I was chief security at the world famous Graceland gates. This book The Prophet was one of Elvis’ favorite books which he read all the time. All the handwriting and the underlines in the book were done by Elvis. I was witness the day that he gave this copy of his Prophet to Aunt Delta and signed it to her.” In addition, the booklet contains a copy of a letter from Aunt Delta Biggs, dated March 24, 1978 that states, “As everyone knows I was Elvis’ aunt. Elvis asked me to move into Graceland in 1967. I have lived here since that time. Elvis always read a lot. Of course his favorite book was the bible. But he read all kinds of books about religion and ither [sic] spiritual things. Elvis would always underline certain passages in the book and write his own thoughts and notes in the margins of the book. This book The Prophet was one of Elvis’ favorite books, he began to read it in the 1950s. This book The Prophet which Elvis has inscribed to me was given to me by Elvis.” This page from The Prophet is framed in a handsome display that measures 19 by 16 inches (48.26 x 40.64 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated. 

The page presents in Near Mint condition.
Elvis Presley Inscribed and Underlined Page from His Copy of <em>The Prophet</em> in Ornate Framed Display - “It is easier for a poor man...”
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $6,250.00
Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Number Bids: 30
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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