The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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Elvis was cruising at full speed in 1976 as he crossed the country performing nine different tours over many days at numerous concert locations. A grueling schedule, yet Elvis received reviews that touted him as having “matured into an excellent and sensitive artist - an impressive sight.” Elvis ended his June and July tour in his home town of Memphis at the Mid-South Coliseum on July 5, 1976. Much of the tour had been with a bicentennial theme, and the day after the bicentennial Elvis donned his red, white and blue Bicentennial jumpsuit for the occasion to celebrate the birth of the country and his homecoming. Two newspaper articles appear in the Memphis paper The Commercial Appeal the day after the concert with headlines like, “Elvis’ Personal Brand of Fireworks Lights the Night for Homecoming” and “And 22 Years Later, The Mystique Of Elvis Is Still Rock-Solid.” The journalists seemed as thrilled as the fans with the concert that evening with reports like, “When he strolled on stage, the flash bulbs in the audience turned the scene into a pyrotechnic display with rivaled the fireworks show on the riverfront Sunday night. ‘Let me tell you,’ he told the whooping sell-out crowd, ‘I’ll sing all the songs you want. It’s the end of our tour and I have as much time as you want tonight.’” Elvis kept his promise, singing from 10 p.m. until before midnight. Another reporter remarked on the longevity of Elvis’ mass appeal, “Live, Elvis has shown his still large ability to rock, his capacity for tearing a word into a strictly Presley pronunciation and his talents for kicking an audience with a slurred phrase. And last night before 12,000 at the Mid-South Coliseum Elvis kicked them by just coming out, by just being there and letting them look at him. That was probably enough to satisfy most of them, but Presley gave them much more than that. ... He had only to look at a certain segment of the audience to bring it screaming to life, arms reaching hopelessly for him. It was crazy, and Elvis seemed to know it. ‘It never ceases to amaze me, you know,’ he told them.” With all the excitement that evening, it’s no surprise that Elvis forgot his driving gloves backstage that night.

Offered are the very pair once owned by Elvis and left behind at the Mid-South Coliseum that evening in July 1976. These supple brown leather gloves have venting holes along the fingers and a “Rau Klikit” pearlized button snap-closure opposite a small elastic band to assist the cinching of the gloves around the wrist. The gloves come with a handwritten note from Wade Jones, dated 12/31/16, that states, 

I obtained these brown leather driving gloves in the late 1980’s. I purchased them from a woman who lived in Johnson City, TN. She had replied to a classified ad that I had placed in a regional “Penny Saver” type of newspaper that ran for sale/wanted ads. My ad stated that I was looking for original Elvis Presley items. She told me that her late husband worked for the Mid-South Colesium in the 1970’s. She said that he obtained these driving gloves because they were left in Elvis Presley’s dressing room after the concert which was on July 5th 1976. I bought the gloves from her and a newspaper clipping review of the concert. I have had them in my possession since the late 1980’s. The gloves have holes in the fingers for ventilation - Thumb has 6 holes - The driving gloves are brown with round pearl like snap. The inside snap portion is stamped with the words “RAU-KLIKIT” The gloves appear to be a quality pair from that era, and show use.

Also included is a typed sheet again recounting details of the acquisition, a newspaper clipping from July 6, 1976 reviewing the concert, and three color photos of Elvis in concert depicting him in the jumpsuit worn for the July 5th performance. These incredible gloves, measuring 9 inches (22.86 cm) in length, are accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The gloves are in well-loved condition exhibiting signs of heavy use with worn and patinated fingertips. Excellent condition overall.
Elvis Presley Owned Driving Gloves Left Backstage at Concert in Memphis, Tennessee on July 5, 1976
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $750.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,500.00
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,500
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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