The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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The night of July 31, 1969 will forever be remembered as the night that Elvis reignited his live performance career with his opening show at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. The hotel, built by Kirk Kerkorian, opened that year, yet he had already made preparations to engage some of the greats well in advance to ensure that his 2,000-seat auditorium would be filled. A deal was struck on December 19, 1968, between the Colonel and Alex Shoofey, executive vice president of the Las Vegas International Hotel, for Elvis to perform for four weeks, two shows a night, seven nights a week for the terrific sum of $100,000 per week. Elvis took the stage at this new venue on July 31, 1969, a pivotal moment in Elvis’ career and for that of the hotel, as Elvis defined entertainment in the Sin City for the next decade. Elvis performed a record-breaking series of 57 shows in four weeks, and between 1969 and 1976 performed more than 600 sold-out shows at this new venue, making both Alex Shoofey and Colonel Parker happy men. Offered is the very rare invitation and mailing envelope as well as the RSVP card and its envelope (addressed to Alex Shoofey) and pre-postmarked July 18, 1969. The unusual invite with plastic and black cover with orange and purple binding opens to the request, “Elvis and the Las Vegas International Hotel take pleasure in inviting you and your lady to our opening show July 31, 1969 / Cocktails 7:00 p.m. / Dinner & Show 8:00 p.m.” This elegant and colorful four-part mailing is a rare survivor and treasured relic for any collection. Included are the invitation and envelope, plus the RSVP card and its return envelope, four pieces total. The invitation measures 5 by 7 1/2 inches (12.7 x 19.05 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

While the envelope shows areas of toning, the other pieces are free from major defects. Near Mint condition, overall, with the envelope at Excellent condition.
Opening Night Invitation for Elvis Presley at the International Hotel on July 31, 1969 – 4 Pieces
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $4,000.00
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Number Bids: 21
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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