The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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Elvis played three shows at the Olympia Theatre in Miami on August 4, 1956—he would play a total of seven shows in two days at this venue. Fans started waiting in line at midnight the day before, and the opening Friday shows commenced with screaming fans who, as papers reported, were so hysterical that the star was barely audible above the unrelenting shrieks from the audience. Fans were so crazed over this new star that he was forced to trade in his new lavender Lincoln after love notes in lipstick had been scrawled all over it. It was also at these shows that Elvis’ pants were torn and his lavender jacket was ripped by overly enthusiastic fans. A shooting star was on an epic rise in the form of this new musical talent. Offered is an original “No. 1” ticket (stub - only missing right upper corner) from the August 4, 1956, 7 p.m. concert. The lucky fan, with the first numbered ticket, paid only $1.50 to see the King live in the Olympia Theatre that evening! Newspapers touted the continued craze: “For the second day Elvis Presley, the vaudeville Valentino, rocked along his bumpy road to success here today after his fanatical followers engaged in a small-scale street riot. More than 8,800 fans, ranging from agitated adolescents to old ladies fallen from Liberace’s grace, were expected to shriek, rattle and roll again at Presley’s shake dancing in the Olympia Theater.” Articles described the more than 7,000 “jumping jacks and jills” in attendance who screamed, rushed the stage door and blocked traffic, making it challenging for the police to keep the peace. The ticket stub is offered with an incredible original news service photo of Elvis on stage that very evening in a striking squatting pose mid-song with microphone held close. Female fans can be seen shrieking just feet away from their idol. The reverse of the photo is stamped “MIAMI NEWS PHOTO BY CHARLES TRAINOR,” and written in blue ink is “Elvis Presley in Miami in 1956.” The ticket stub measures 3 by 7 inches (7.62 x 17.78 cm) and the news service photo measures 8 by 10 inches (20.32 x 25.4 cm). These amazing mementos from that wild moment in history are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The ticket stub is in excellent condition with only a fairly sizable swath of the upper right corner missing which contributes to the paper loss on the "N" and "E" in the "ADMIT ONE" along the center top. Aside from a small tear along the bottom center edge, the ticket shows few other defects beyond minor discoloration, creases and surface wear from age. The photo is in excellent condition with minor surface creases that do not impact the image.
Elvis Presley Concert Ticket Stub from Miami’s Olympia Theatre for 7 PM Show, August 4, 1956, with Spectacular Original News Service Photo of Elvis Performing on Stage that Night
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $687.50
Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Number Bids: 3
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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