The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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On Monday, March 24, 1958 Elvis reports to the draft board and the very next day he is assigned to the Second Armored Division (General Patton’s “Hell on Wheels” outfit) stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. After a brief mini-riot when the press recognizes Elvis during a lunch stop on his journey to Killeen, Texas, Elvis’ Lieutenant Colonel in the Army declares that Elvis is officially off-limits to the press. Elvis takes his role as seriously as his commander, and therefore rarely exhibits typical celebrity behavior during his early military service. Elvis’ time in basic training is a period in which he goes out of his way to be a regular recruit. By the end of May, Elvis has been named acting assistant leader of his squad, earns a marksman medal and achieves sharpshooter level with a pistol. Elvis is also awarded a furlough that marks the end of his basic training in May of 1958. On September 22, 1958, Elvis sets sail for his 18-month Army assignment in Germany. Having just risen to superstardom, this impending, lengthy absence creates a fear that the star’s popularity would fade during his time away. The Colonel launches an aggressive campaign to keep Elvis fresh in the minds of fans and the American public, and a bevy of publications respond with gusto.

Offered are twelve (12) magazines that feature Elvis on the cover in uniform that include: Dig Dig, May 1958; TV Star Parade, July 1958; TV Movie Screen, October 1958; Photoplay Annual, 1959; two (2) copies of Screen, TV & Record Stars, February 1959; TV Star Parade, April 1959; Movie World, May 1959; Movieland and TV Time, June 1959; Stardom, September 1959; Movieland and TV Time, April 1960; and Hit Parader, December 1960. The promotional push worked, and by the time Elvis returned from his service, fans were ready to celebrate and catapult the star even further into the stratosphere. The magazines all measure 11 by 8 1/2 inches (27.94 x 21.59 cm), and the group is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The magazines all have some level of distress, including wrinkles, creases, binding damage and/or water stains. Excellent condition with a few better.
Collection of Twelve 1958-60 Elvis Presley Army-Related Fan Magazines – Including “Elvis in the Army”
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $100.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $187.50
Estimate: $200 - $300
Number Bids: 4
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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