The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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Loving You presents the story of Deke Rivers, a delivery man vaulted into stardom by a publicist and older country-western star. The film was said to have been inspired in part by director and co-writer Hal Kanter witnessing Colonel Tom’s escapades with Elvis on The Louisiana Hayride. Released by Paramount in July 1957 to box office success with even the movie soundtrack reaching platinum status. The tracks for the album Loving You were recorded in January and February for the release by RCA in July 1957. The album spent 10 weeks at number 1 on the Billboard chart and was awarded gold certification by RIAA in 1968. The album contains 12 tracks, with the seven on side 1 used in the movie. An 8th song intended for the film that was not used in the end is included on side 2 of the album, along with four other tracks not used in the movie. Offered is a double signed and inscribed Loving You soundtrack album that has been signed and inscribed by Elvis in bold blue ink, “To Donna Loving you always Elvis Presley” on the reverse and simply “To Donna Elvis Presley” on the front. The album and interior album sleeve are stored separately from the signed album cover.

This incredible relic comes with a photo of the fan who acquired the signature with Elvis himself! The photo is stamped on the back “This is a Kodacolor Enlargement made by Eastman Kodak Company T.M. Reg. U.S. Pat. Off. Week Ending Nov 23, 1957.” A momentous event for any fan, but this one was especially significant as it made the San Bernito County High School paper, Baler, on November 8, 1957 in an article entitled, “Donna Cullum Meets Hero - A Kiss and A Hug.” The article describing the meeting states in part:

Donna Cullum had a dream come true. Donna, a true Elvis Presley fan, won the “Why I Like Elvis” contest given by Dick Crest of the KPIX Rock-and-Rally Show. The prizes for the show were free tickets to Elvis’s [sic] shows at civic auditorium in San Francisco and the Oakland auditorium. Saturday afternoon Donna arrived in San Francisco. She was met at the door of the San Francisco Auditorium by Crest. Then she was escorted to an interview room where she met the great Elvis. “I was shaking so bad I could hardly talk,” stammered Donna. She did manage to ask him a few questions. “What is your favorite color?” asked Donna. “Black,” answered Elvis. “How many records have you made?” Elvis told her 30. Nineteen of these are gold records. After the interview Donna had her picture taken with Elvis. Saturday night Donna traveled to neighboring Oakland to see her hero once again in the show at the Oakland Auditorium. Dick Crest again met her at the door, but said there had been a mix up in the tickets and there were no seats for them. He said if none were available Donna could sit in the press section off to the side of the stage. So from this unusual seat Donna watched her side-burned hero go through his routine again. Again came the interviews, Donna’s thrill of the evening came again when Elvis met her at the door and said, ‘Hi honey, remember you from yesterday.’ Donna then gave Presley the letter that had won her the dream of a life time (see below). As a sign of appreciation, Elvis kissed Donna. Not once but twice. “I was so shook-up I tripped over a wire. Dick Crest had to help me down the stairs,” sighed Donna. She describes Elvis as “OOOOOH!” Donna brought home a picture and an album signed by Elvis besides a lot of memories of her dream come true. 

The paper also shows a picture of Donna with images of her idol behind her. This exceptional story is outshined only by the amazing treasures themselves including the album which measures 12 1/4 by 12 1/4 inches (31.11 x 31.11 cm) and the photo which measures 7 by 5 inches (17.78 x 12.7 cm). The grouping is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

This memorable collection shows all the signs of being well-loved with typical signs of age and handling, overall very good condition. The inscription on the reverse is strong and bold with the inscription on the front a bit lighter.
Elvis Presley Double Signed and Inscribed <em>Loving You</em> Soundtrack Album with Photo of Fan With Elvis and Newspaper Clippings Describing the Meeting
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $2,875.00
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Number Bids: 10
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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