The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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On September 26, 1956, Elvis made his triumphant return to Tupelo, Mississippi to perform a pair of shows in his hometown. Having first performed there at the age of ten, Elvis once again took the stage at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair & Dairy Show for this legendary appearance. Elvis’ fame was spreading rapidly across the nation and his hometown could not have been prouder. Elvis returned to a huge banner that read “Tupelo Welcomes Elvis Presley Home” and Tupelo mayor James Ballard presented Elvis with the guitar-shaped Key to the City, while Mississippi governor J.P. Coleman read a proclamation honoring Elvis. By this time in 1956, Elvis’ first film was just months away from release and he already had several huge hits on his new record label, RCA, including “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Hound Dog.” A crowd of girls rushed the stage for Elvis’ first matinee performance, and included in the throng was a young 14-year-old Tammy Wynette, who could be spotted right up front. 

Offered are two of the rarest artifacts from Elvis Presley’s legendary concert in Tupelo, Mississippi on September 26, 1956, at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show. The pictorial ticket, with $1.25 price, indicates that “This ticket good for either afternoon or evening performance.” These full, pictorial tickets are almost never available to collectors. An example of the more common ticket to the fair itself  is also included here. This is a very special offering, made only more so by the inclusion of the small paper pennant promoting the concert at the fair on “Elvis Presley Day.” The pennant promoted the fair’s featured act, the “RCA Victor Star” and was the ingenious idea of Whit's Music Store. 

Whit’s Music Store was founded in 1946 by Arvie Thomas Whitenton, Tupelo native and WWII Navy veteran, where he was a bugler on the U.S.S. Alabama. Whit’s was the first full service music store in North Mississippi. Like most local businesses, Whit’s Music Store was thrilled that Tupelo’s local-boy-done-good was making a triumphant return, and they created these paper pennants to promote the event. Few have ever surfaced, and it actually may be more rare than the ticket itself! Tickets to the concert were available at several local stores, including Whit’s, which is evidenced by the newspaper ad included here. The ad, most likely from a short time before the shows, proclaims “Mississippi Alabama Fair and Dairy Show...Announces The Elvis Presley Tickets are Not Sold Out.” This incredible collection celebrates one of the most important concerts in Elvis’ entire career and both tickets and the pennant make the perfect trifecta of treasures from this historic appearance. The pennant measures 10 1/2 by 4 7/8 inches (26.67 x 12.38 cm), and the ticket measures 2 by 4 3/4 inches (5.08 x 12.06 cm). The assemblage is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The ticket exhibits moderate to heavy wrinkling and a small tear in the middle, which has been repaired with a small piece of tape on the reverse. The printing remains bold with high contrast. Excellent condition. The pennant presents with only the most minor age-related toning. Near Mint condition.
Incredibly Rare Pictorial Concert Ticket, Promotional Pennant and Front Gate Admission Ticket (Plus Newspaper Ad) for Elvis Presley’s Legendary Concert in Tupelo, Miss. on September 26, 1956
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $750.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,625.00
Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
Number Bids: 11
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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