The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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On February 21, 1956, Elvis played four shows at the Florida Theater in Sarasota, Florida. This was the third city in Florida on this tour that commenced immediately after his fourth appearance on the Stage Show at the CBS Studio in New York City. Elvis performs two matinees and two evening shows, in between which he relaxed to watch a western that was on the regular bill at this same theater. The Sarasota Herald Tribune described the young sensation as “the most talked-about new personality in the last 10 years of recorded music.” The week tour in Florida, which included a stop in Georgia and Louisiana, netted over $22,000 with Elvis taking home just over six grand. The offered original photos (5) from this early performance capture Elvis on stage entertaining fans in four of the images; in one photo he is with the Carter Sisters. The Carter Sisters were one of the acts that began touring along with Elvis in February 1956. Several of the inscriptions on the reverse of each photo indicate that the concert was in Sarasota, Florida in January 1956 with a handwritten reference on the reverse of one photo to the Carter Sisters. However, these inscriptions were most likely done years later, with the detail of the exact date of the show fading a bit. Elvis only played in Sarasota on one date in the 1950s—he did the aforementioned four shows on February 21, 1956. Two of the photos are the original size of Brownie prints, at 2 5/8 by 2 1/2 inches (6.66 x 6.35 cm), and the remaining three have been trimmed to slightly smaller sizes. The group is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The photos present with decent contrast and clarity, but suffer from various defects, including wrinkling, edge wear, corner damage and staining, though this is mostly on the reverses. Very Good to Excellent condition overall.
Group of Five Original Snapshots of Elvis Presley Performing in Concert on February 21, 1956, in Sarasota, Florida
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $1,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,500.00
Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Number Bids: 4
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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