The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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In his first and only musical foray outside the U.S., Elvis ventured to Toronto, Canada to perform. His first of three venues in that country was at the Maple Leaf Gardens for two evening concerts. While this was a first for a performance outside the U.S., it was also his last wearing his famous full gold lamé suit. The Colonel had asked Elvis to no longer drop to his knees as the expensive gold flaked off when he did. Since he was also embarrassed by the clownishness of the entire ensemble, he complied and from then on tended to wear black pants with the gold lamé jacket. Elvis had been wowing audiences in his home country and continued to have the same impact on fans in Canada, whose screams were so loud and constant that Elvis was barely audible during his performances. A plethora of articles and concert reviews appeared in newspapers the following day extolling the concert: “Crowds estimated at 8,000 and 15,000 persons jammed Maple Leaf Gardens last night as Elvis Presley gave his first and second Canadians shows. Col. Tom Parker, Presley’s manager, said the second-show crowd was the largest Presley has ever faced in a personal appearance. ‘I think Toronto audiences are terrific.’ Col. Parker said,” and “My ears are roaring with the protracted roar of those 15,000 youngsters who were so worked up, I expected at any time a gang of hysterical young girls would charge through the police guard surrounding the stage and in all aisles, rush up and smother their ever-lovin’ Elvis.” Headlines touted, “23,000 Fans Think Elvis Presley Is Fantabulous.” Elvis made quite an impression on our neighbors to the north. Offered are four large color snapshots of Elvis on stage in his gold lamé suit that evening in Maple Leaf Gardens displayed together with a grey mat and frame. Based on the Kodak paper markings on the reverse of each photo, in English and in French, these photos were produced in the 1980s, which is when these prints were made by a Canadian collector. The photos each measure 8 by 8 inches (20.32 x 20.32 cm), the framed display measures 20 1/2 by 20 1/2 inches (52.07 x 52.07 cm) and the group is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The photos are adhered to the mat with tape, which would leave residue on the reverse if removed. Near Mint condition overall.
Group of Four 8 x 8 Color Photos of Elvis Presley Performing in Gold Lamé in Toronto, Canada on April 2, 1957 – In Framed Display
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $937.50
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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