The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2015
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It's a scene that captured Elvis at the peak of his powers, with all of his talents on display for the big screen audience, where he's finally paired with a star who everyone on set considered to be his almost-perfect match in intensity and larger-than-life persona: Ann-Margret. They move across the recently christened University of Nevada gymnasium stage with wild abandon as Elvis sings "C'mon Everybody." The two work themselves up, over and around to the point where they finish in a heap on the stage floor. The offered jacket is one of two created by Sy Devore, noted Hollywood wardrobe designer, for Elvis Presley to wear during this now legendary dance scene with Ann-Margret in the 1964 MGM classic Viva Las Vegas.

With the benefit of the Graceland Archives, this jacket was matched to its twin example, which resides in the collection. The cut, size, style, marlin interior pattern and tagging are all the same as the offered jacket. It was not uncommon, and most often prudent, that more than one of a wardrobe piece for starring actors be created for a film. An entire set couldn't be brought to a halt because of a tear or a stain mishap. And a jacket to be employed in such a physically demanding scene as this one would certainly have been duplicated. One made it home with Elvis, which was a common occurrence during his film career. But more importantly for the collecting public, one stayed behind and now finds its way to our auction block for your consideration.

The Sy Devore tagging lists "ELVIS PRESLEY 42L" and the date of "7/10/1963" and "No. 9655." The date perfectly coincides with the beginning of preproduction for the film. Principal photography would start five days later in Las Vegas and run until July 26, at which time filming moved to Los Angeles. The jacket is presented in an elaborate framed display which features three stills from the dance scene, a reproduced portion of a Viva Las Vegas movie poster, and a small plaque that reads, "ELVIS PRESLEY Personally Owned & Worn Sports Coat Featured In The Movie 'Viva Las Vegas.'" The large title "Viva Las Vegas" carved in the matting anchors the presentation, and the multi-colored circles along the border provide a stylized "Vegas Lights" framing. A tremendous artifact from an iconic scene in one of Elvis Presley's most loved films. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The jacket, house in its framed display, is in Excellent condition overall. The original tagging has been removed for display purposes and is shown outside the jacket.
Elvis Presley Jacket from the <em>Viva Las Vegas</em> Dance Scene with Ann-Margret
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Auction closed on Thursday, August 13, 2015.
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