The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2015
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Presented is a somewhat visually arresting award from RCA Australia to Colonel Tom Parker. The front plaque reads: "Presented by RCA of Australia to Colonel Tom Parker For His Outstanding Management of Elvis Presley 1956-1966." The plaque on the top of the darkly stained wooden base identifies the trophy's centerpiece geologic sample thusly: "This fine Opal sample was mined at the Andamooka Fields in Central Australia." As Elvis triumphed again and again, the Colonel himself was often presented with awards recognizing his accomplishments in helping create the world's biggest star. The impetus for the opal sample's featured position is that Australia was experiencing an opal boom at that time, thanks in large part to the Andamooka Fields, whose opals are said to be the most stable in the world. A wonderful artifact commemorating an unprecedented 10-year run by Elvis and the Colonel. The award stands nearly 6 inch (15.24 cm) tall at the highest point of the opal sample, with a 6 1/4 by 4 1/2 inch (15.87 x 11.43 cm) oval wooden base. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The award exhibits mild age-related wear, with a subtle patina to the metal plaques. The koala bear figure was broken off at some point; a new hole was bored right next to its original position and the figure can now rest comfortably in its new location. The kangaroo figure is solidly in its original location.
RCA Australia Award to Colonel Parker for "His Outstanding Management of Elvis Presley 1956-1966"
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,125.00
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Number Bids: 13
Auction closed on Thursday, August 13, 2015.
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