The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2020
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In the summer of 1955, Elvis purchased a Martin D-28 from O.K. Houck Piano Company in Memphis. He had seen Hank Snow with a hand-tooled cover that he admired, so Elvis had one created for himself. However, because of Elvis’ hard strumming style, this custom cover quickly saw heavy wear. In October or November of 1956, Elvis began using a J200 guitar and stopped using the Martin D-28 with the hand-tooled, custom leather cover, dating the offered early black-and-white photograph of Elvis holding his Martin D-28 with the custom-tooled cover to sometime between June 1955 and Fall 1956. During this time, Elvis’ fame was on a rapid rise and the young star was rarely without his instrument as he appeared for professional engagements or more casual performances. The original snapshot shows Elvis holding his Martin D-28 and custom leather cover and standing next to a smiling couple at a house party. What young folks wouldn’t be smiling from ear to ear standing next to this handsome, charismatic musician whose fame was sweeping the nation? A great image of Elvis with his custom-tooled Martin D-28, the guitar he favored very early in his career. A larger period printing of this very image, with different provenance, was offered in a previous auction. This original early smaller photo measures 3 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches (8.89 x 11.43 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authentication.

The photo presents with just a few surface wrinkles. Near Mint condition.
Original Photograph of Elvis Presley with His Martin D-28 Guitar at a Memphis House Party
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $250.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $625.00
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Number Bids: 12
Auction closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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