The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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Elvis’ career was traveling in the fast lane to superstardom in 1956 and 1957 as his fame was expanding at a rapid pace with fan bases spreading across the nation and the globe at breakneck speed. In the spring of 1957, Elvis performed in Canada and the Midwest. His second tour of the year took him to the Pacific Northwest, with his first concert on August 30 in Spokane followed by Vancouver, Tacoma and Seattle. His last stop on this tour was on September 2, 1957 in Portland, Oregon, where he performed at the Multnomah Civic Stadium. The papers had advertised the concert several weeks before his arrival, so Elvis was met with a welcome fit for a king. Hundreds of fans crowded Union Station, the Multnomah hotel and the Stadium to catch a glimpse of rock ‘n’ roll’s top celebrity.

Advertising for these concert tours was not limited to newspapers; posters were often created for display prior to Elvis’ arrival. They were produced in small numbers for a specific time and place, often used in outside locations, and, as a result, these early posters rarely survived. Offered is an original cardboard poster for the historic concert in Portland at the Multnomah Civic Stadium on September 2, 1957. The black-and-white printing beckons fans to the Multnomah Stadium on Mon, Sept. 2nd - 8:30 P.M. with tickets available for only $1.50 - $2.50 - $3.50. Unusually for these early posters, this one contains an image of Elvis in the upper left wearing his costume from his recent film Loving You. The bottom of the poster has a small printed union logo indicating that the poster was printed by Allied Printing in Portland. 

Elvis certainly delivered what crowds in Portland had hoped for during his performance, and the review by Don Horine and Dorothy Smith for The Portland Journal the next day had a glowing description of the show: “A gold suit, an oft-plucked guitar and a sideburned bundle of the most enchanting, gyrating and just plain droolin’ rock ‘n’ roll charmer ever to hit this world plopped right into the laps Monday of thousands of hysterical Portland teenagers. How they loved it!” Dorothy Smith also detailed in the article the press conference that Elvis had held prior to taking the stage: 

I was completely shook up Monday night. Who wouldn’t be after exposure to two Elvis Presleys, in one evening? There’s definitely the on-stage Elvis and the off-stage Elvis. And there was an equally shakeable Elvis in his dressing room for the mass press radio and TV interview before he donned the gold jacket to enter the stadium. This Elvis was impeccably clad in black slacks and shoes, white shirt with handsome black and silver tie and stickpin, and a suave, light blue dinner jacket. The off-stage Presley answered the countless questions fired at him during the interview—a few of them sharply barbed—with poise and good humor. Concerning Anita Wood, the glamor-girl whose name is romantically linked with his. “There’s nothin’ serious. We’re more than friends, but nothin’ serious.” When asked about the many rumors of marriage, he explained. “Often when I’m supposed to be marrying one girl a certain night, I’m out with another girl on a date. This is confusing to me, and I may be surprised and wake up and hear I’m married sometime,” he laughed.

Elvis had left quite an impression on the young fans in Portland and across the nation. The Oregonian discovered that, “even the dirt Elvis Presley kneeled on was a souvenir for about 50 teenagers who swooped down out of the grandstand for a handful after Presley left the stadium. The crowd was extremely noisy but well-behaved.” Elvis mania was sweeping the nation. After the incredible reception in Portland, Elvis returned to Radio Recorders in Los Angeles to record his Christmas album.

This incredibly rare, early poster measures 14 by 11 inches (35.56 x 27.94 cm) and is framed handsomely in a shadow box display that measures 22 by 17 by 2 1/2 inches (55.88 x 43.18 x 6.35 cm). This amazing survivor, resplendent with an image of the man himself, is an incredible treasure and would be a vital addition to any important collection. The poster is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The poster presents with several unobtrusive defects, including small areas of staining at the top and bottom edges, none of which intrudes upon the text or image of the poster. There is writing in the upper and lower left corners. The poster is adhered to the matting, but can easily be removed by a professional restorer with little or no effect to the reverse. There are several older tape stains on the reverse. We describe these defects out of a sense of thoroughness, but this poster is in exemplary condition for a poster of this vintage. Excellent to Mint condition.
Incredible Elvis Presley Pictorial Poster for September 2, 1957, Concert at Portland’s Multnomah Stadium
This lot has a Reserve Price that has not been met.
Current Bidding (Reserve Not Met)
Minimum Bid: $15,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.:
Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
Number Bids: 2
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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