The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2020
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While the wearing of animal pelts began with early humans, it was in the 11th century that wearing fur became a symbol of wealth, status and high fashion. As the popularity of fur increased during the Victorian era, fur farms were developed. It wasn’t until the 1950s that fur became more affordable so it began being used in more casual fashion. It was during this period that fur became a popular fashion style of Hollywood movie stars and Elvis kept that mantle alive in the following decades with his appreciation for fur fashions. Everything Elvis did, he did with gusto, so when he purchased fur coats, it was rarely one at time. One evening at Southland Mall, he purchased 10 at once, giving them to Lisa Marie, his nurse Tish Henley and others. He took Ginger out two consecutive evenings under the pretense of buying Christmas gifts for family, and purchased three fur coats for her. Offered is a fur coat that Elvis gifted to Edna Nichopoulos, wife of longtime doctor and friend, George Nichopoulos. Dr. Nichopoulos met Elvis in 1967, when he answered a call to treat a patient suffering from saddle sores. Dr. Nichopoulos arrived at the location to find that the patient was none other than Elvis Presley, who was at Circle G ranch. “Dr. Nick,” as Elvis referred to him, would be called back for consultation on several more occasions before he was hired by Presley to be his personal physician. When Elvis returned to performing live in 1969, Dr. Nick joined Elvis and the entourage on the road. The relationship between Elvis and Dr. Nick would continue through Elvis’ untimely demise. Elvis also employed Dr. Nick’s son Dean as his personal valet in 1975. In addition to Dean, Dr. Nick had two daughters with his wife Edna. The two had been married for 62 years. By virtue of her marriage and the time Dr. Nick and Dean spent with Elvis, Edna too could be considered part of that inner circle. Her status was confirmed with this gorgeous gift of the fox, lamb and mink coat from King Furs in Memphis. The interior lining of this beauty is embroidered with the name “Edna Nichopoulos.” The stunning fur comes with a letter that states in part, “Elvis purchased this fur coat for Edna Nichopoulos the wife of Dr. Nick. The coat is blush fox, Persian lamb and mink. The inside of the coat has Edna’s name. Included is the King Fur Coat Hanger. This artifact was purchased directly from the Estate of Dr. Nick here in Memphis.” The fur frock measures 33 inches (83.82 cm) in length and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The coat presents with no damage or signs of heavy wear. Excellent to Mint condition, minimally.
Luxurious Fur Coat Gifted By Elvis Presley to Edna Nichopolous
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $2,875.00
Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Number Bids: 14
Auction closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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