The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 13, 2019
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Perhaps what endears Elvis Presley to his fans so much is the fact that it seemed as if there were no end to his willingness to give, and the beginning of 1961 exemplified his generosity. In December 1960 an editorial ran in an L.A. paper about the stalled efforts to complete the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. This article was spotted by the Colonel, and Elvis answered the call to duty. A benefit concert was organized to raise $50,000 towards the completion of the memorial. On January 11, 1961, a press conference was held, and it was announced that Elvis would perform this benefit concert on the condition that every penny from the concert must go to the fund. And even before Elvis held that concert, on February 25, he was the honoree at a $100-per-plate Memphis charity luncheon held at the Hotel Claridge to raise $17,000 for local charities. Elvis also performed two charity concerts at 3 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. that day, increasing the grand total raised to $47,823, which was distributed to 26 different local charities. Just a month later, Elvis did it again when he performed that promised concert on March 25, 1961 at the Bloch Arena in Hawaii to an audience of 4,000 fans to raise funds for the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial. Ticket prices ranged from $3 to $10 for reserved section seats, and $100 for the 100 reserved “ringside” seats—and Elvis was the first to buy a ticket. Over $50,000 was raised that day so that on May 30, 1962 (Memorial Day) the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial was dedicated.  Offered is a gold ticket stub from the February 25, 1961 charity luncheon in Memphis and the rare $100 ticket stub from the Bloch Arena concert in Hawaii on March 25, 1961. A pairing of ticket stubs that represents the generous and giving nature of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. The February 25 gold ticket stub measures 2 by 2 inches (5 x 5 cm), the March 25 red, white and blue ticket stub measures 2 1/4 by 4 1/8 inches (5.71 x 10.47 cm) and the duo is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

Both ticket stubs are in excellent condition with typical signs of age.
March 25, 1961, $100 Ticket Stub for Hawaii’s Bloch Arena Concert  and February 25, 1961, Memphis Charity Show Luncheon Ticket Stub (2 Items)
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $200.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,250.00
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Number Bids: 12
Auction closed on Tuesday, August 13, 2019.
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