The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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On January 28, 1963, filming began at Paramount Studios for Fun in Acapulco and since all scenes with Elvis were shot at the studio, with background scenes shot on location, principal photography wrapped up by March 13. The film chronicles the adventures of Mike Windgren, played by Elvis, who after being fired from his job on a boat accepts a job as a lifeguard, is then challenged by a rival lifeguard and ultimately makes a successful death-defying cliff dive. Elvis’ scenes were all shot in the studio because Elvis was persona non grata in Mexico after rumors of Elvis making disparaging remarks about the county caused brawls between fans in theaters. A double was employed to film all of the on-location scenes for the movie. Offered is a check, dated Feb 4, 1963, made out to “Cash” and signed “E.A. Presley” for one hundred dollars. The National Bank of Commerce in Memphis check is hand numbered “2” in the upper right and bears the handwritten number in red ink “914” in the upper left corner. The handwritten note at the lower left reads, “Cash while making Para movie ‘Fun in Acapulco’.” Per this notation, the funds were used as pocket money during Elvis’ time in Hollywood for the filming. The movie was distributed by Paramount in November 1963 and was the top-grossing musical film that year. The reverse of the check has several cancellation stamps in addition to the signature “J.S. Bernstein.” The check measures 2 3/4 by 6 1/4 inches (6.98 x 15.87 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The check presents with expected wear from cancellations and handling, but no major defects. Near Mint condition.
February 4, 1963, Elvis Presley Signed $100 Check for “Cash While Making Para. Movie ‘Fun in Acapulco’”
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,250.00
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Number Bids: 11
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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