The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2015
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The offered handgun emanates directly from Graceland, and was surely held in high regard by Elvis. Its intricate nickel engravings, which cover the barrel, trigger guard and portions of the grip, are highlighted by the engraved "Elvis" on the barrel. A large nickel medallion in the center of one side of the wooden grip sports Elvis' emblem "TCB" and the lightning bolt. The gun was produced in West Germany in 1974, a detail important to gun aficionados, as Walthers were also produced under license by American gun makers. The markings on the gun's reverse read, "WALTHER MADE IN W.GERMANY" and "Carl Walther Waffenfabrik Ulm/Do" (a reference to the Walther proofing plant in Ulm near the Donau River) and finally "Modell PPK/S Cal 9mmkurz." The Walther has had many proponents over the years, such as James Bond, who carried a slightly different model, but with that trademark Walther profile. The "PPK" stands for "Polizeipistole Kriminalmodell" (Police Pistol Detective Model) and was adopted for use by German law enforcement, especially for plainclothes and undercover work due to its smaller profile than previous models. The PPK/S was developed as a new model in response to the Gun Control Act of 1968. Several technical details were changed to adhere to the new law's requirements. Elvis' weapon offered here is as exquisitely appointed an example as you're likely to find. The interplay of the engraving on the nickel surfaces and the handsome wooden grip with the "TCB" medallion make for an impressive presentation. Truly an artifact suitable for the most advanced collections. Before placing your bid, please refer to the auction terms and conditions for legal requirements to purchase firearms. The lot is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated and original letter of authenticity from the 1999 Graceland Archives Auction. Also included is paperwork related to further provenance research that was done on the gun, which of course concluded that the gun had indeed come from Graceland. Among these papers is a 2002 letter of authenticity from Graceland Archives.

The gun remains clean and is believed to be in working condition. It was fired once after its 1999 purchase, but has not been fired since. The nickel plating shows only the slightest signs of patina. Excellent condition.
Elvis Presleys Personal Walther Model PPK/S 9mm Kurz Handgun - Ornately Engraved "Elvis" and "TCB"
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $50,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $62,500.00
Estimate: $100,000 - $125,000
Number Bids: 2
Auction closed on Thursday, August 13, 2015.
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