The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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The International Hotel opened in 1969 in Las Vegas, with Elvis’ comeback to live performances being the highlight attraction. The new hotel, boasting the largest theater in Las Vegas, changed its name to the Hilton in 1971 after only a two-year reign of being known as the International Hotel. Once Elvis hit the stage at this new International Hotel on July 31, 1969, he redefined what it meant to play Las Vegas with a record-breaking series of 57 shows in four weeks. After nearly a decade of focusing on movies, he came back with a vengeance, and between 1969 and 1976 performed more than 600 sold-out shows. Among collectors, one of the most popular artifacts from the era are the menus that were provided to guests as they sat for dinner. The menus varied in size and style throughout the period, but one constant was the dominant and striking photos of Elvis adorning the covers. The very first of these menus, considered the “holy grail,” is the opening night “ribbon menu” with its black cover, ribbon accent and color image of Elvis visible though a die-cut hole in the front cover. The opening night menu differs from the versions used in August of that season as it has no prices listed and appears as a “set” menu. The later menus used in August displayed several options for meal items, an extensive wine list and prices for each item. Offered is a pair of menus that includes the rare and collectible opening night menu with no prices listed as well as the standard version. A perfect pairing of the sought-after menu and its counterpart. Each menu measures 17 by 8 1/2 inches (43.18 x 21.59 cm) and the two accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

Both menus are in excellent condition exhibiting only minor wear to edges and slight creases.
Rare “Priceless” Variation of the July 31, 1969, Elvis Presley International Hotel Opening Night Menu – Plus Standard Version (2 items)
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $2,250.00
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Number Bids: 14
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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