The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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Suede is a type of leather created from the inner section of the skin to produce a textured surface. Since suede is more fragile than normal leather, it has always been considered a luxury and became increasingly popular in the fashion industry in the late 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Elvis not only enjoyed wearing suede but he also sang about it in his 1956 hit “Blue Suede Shoes.” Over the years, Elvis owned several blue suede coats, some custom-made and others store-bought. Offered is an example of the latter which was owned by Elvis and later gifted to Sonny West. The jacket has a Startown brand tag, a subsidiary of The Londontown Mfg. Co., in the collar. The second collar tag indicates size 38 and the third collar tag is the care tag. A second care tag is located in the interior left side. The jacket has a five-snap front closure and two breast pockets with top flaps. The cuffs have a false snap closure and the interior is lined with a bandana-pattern red silky fabric. This handsome jacket comes with a copy of a notarized certificate from Mike Moon (original signed by Sonny West and dated October 23, 1981) that states, “Elvis bought this Blue Suede coat for his personal wardrobe in the mid-60’s. He gave the jacket to Sonny West in the fall of 1968.” Also included is a letter from “EP Archives” of Las Vegas that states, “This light blue suede jacket was purchased and worn by Elvis Presley in the mid 60s before giving it to Sonny West in the fall of 1968. The jacket is made by Startown and is light blue in color with white stitching at the collar, pockets and wrists. The blue suede jacket was part of the Mike Moon collection which was featured in one of three Elvis Presley Museums that operated from 1981-2016. The primary location was operated in Pigeon Forge, TN. I purchased the majority of the collection in the summer of 2018. These Elvis Presley artifacts were on display at one of the Elvis Presley museums for the past 40 years.” From his hit song “Blue Suede Shoes” to his blue suede jacket, Elvis was always the pinnacle of style. This blue suede jacket, measuring 27 inches (68.58 cm) in length and 17 inches (43.18 cm) from shoulder seam to shoulder seam, is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The jacket exhibits signs of heavy use and wear, with the blue faded all over and surface soiling to the arms, cuffs and bottom; the lower right front panel has a blemish, along with the top left pocket seam. The jacket is in overall excellent condition with a handsome appearance.
Elvis Presley Owned Mid-1960s Blue Suede Jacket Gifted to Sonny West – Former Mike Moon Collection
This lot has a Reserve Price that has not been met.
Current Bidding (Reserve Not Met)
Minimum Bid: $4,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $0.00
Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000
Number Bids: 0
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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