The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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On August 7, 1956, Elvis played three shows at Florida Theater in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Tuesday shows followed the opening shows Friday and Saturday in Miami and the Sunday and Monday shows in Tampa and Lakeland with more screaming fans who, as papers reported, were so hysterical that the star was barely audible above the shrieks from the audience. Over 6,500 tickets were sold for these three performances in St. Petersburg. The line of excited fans chanting “We want Elvis” outside the theater began at 4:15 a.m. for the 3:30 p.m. show and the crowd of over 2,000 stood its ground in the driving rain before being allowed in slightly early because of the inclement weather. A reporter from the St. Petersburg Times noted, “There must be something about Presley to have such a violent effect on teenagers.” The enthusiasm continued inside the theater as another reporter wrote of the reaction of the audience rushing the stage after Elvis appeared, “All hands were outstretched as though in worship of a pagan god.” Elvis enchanted the fans with a dozen songs before making his exit. Elvis’ star status was certainly blossoming. Just days before this show, Elvis had to trade in his lavender Lincoln, only weeks old, after it was vandalized with love notes and phone numbers scrawled all over in lipstick. The Elvis frenzy was in full bloom! 

This Florida and Louisiana All-Star Show tour with 27 shows in 10 days generated $20,000 for Elvis, plus his cut of the concessions. The offered four (4) original photos from this performance on August 7 depict some lucky ladies that were able to share a moment with Elvis backstage. The three smaller black-and-white, casually intimate images include: one of Betty and MaryAnn with Elvis’ band as identified along the bottom with the reverse listing the names of each along with the date of “Aug 7, 1956” and the notation of “Back Stage”; an image of Elvis and Marie, as noted along the bottom, with a young boy photobombing in the background and with the reverse containing the handwritten notations, “Aug 7, 1956 / Marie, Elvis / 7:30 / Dressing Room”; and while the third image has no handwriting on the front, the back identifies the woman with Elvis as “Mary Ann, Elvis / Aug 7, 1956.” The larger 8 by 10-inch black-and-white photo captures Mary Ann and Betty flanking Elvis as he casually rests his arms on their shoulders. Certainly a night to remember for these fortunate fans! The three smaller snapshots measure 3 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches (8.89 x 8.89 cm), the larger photo measures 10 by 8 inches (25.4 x 20.32 cm) and the group is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The larger photo has several creases, small stains and one small nick of paper loss along the right edge, but the image is crisp with strong contrast for an enlargement of the period. The small snapshots remain intact but have suffered from handling. These defects include a fold on one, some edge wear, minor stains, creases and age-related toning. Excellent condition overall.
Group of Four Original Photos (Including an 8 x 10) Backstage at an Elvis Presley Concert on August 7, 1956, in St. Petersburg, Florida
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $750.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $5,500.00
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Number Bids: 32
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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