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Elvis’ Guitar Set to Go to Auction

Elvis’ Guitar Set to Go to Auction

Graceland is the home and estate of the late king of rock, Elvis Presley which is located in Memphis, a city in Tennessee. On 10th-16th August the estate will hold its week long annual event known as Elvis Week which is most well-known for the Candlelight Vigil. This year should be special for those who will be attending Elvis Week as some of Elvis’ possessions will be up for auction.

One of the most impressive things being auctioned is a guitar which the king of rock used during rehearsals for his 1968 Elvis Special. The guitar was given by Presley to Nancy Rooks (his old maid at Graceland) and features a cherry sunburst finish with mother-of-pearl inlays in the fretboard. It also includes a modern Gibson hard-shell black case. According to Entertainment Weekly, the guitar has an estimated value of $30,000 (around £23,000) but bids are reportedly starting at $10,000 (around £7,600). The auction opens on August 13. Other possessions being auctioned off include a black and gold suit, an Indian ring and even his birth certificate.

It is known that the estate and business group Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. is trying to retrieve hundreds of items linked to the king of rock, specifically from a Las Vegas casino-hotel which Elvis Presley’s estate filed a lawsuit against earlier this year as they claimed that the hotel is holding memorabilia involving the king of rock as part of a leasing dispute. According to Billboard, the estate is seeking to retrieve stage outfits, jewellery, letters and a high school yearbook from the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino.

Written by Tom Lafferty.


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