Elvis Last Vegas Guitar For Sale

A guitar played by Elvis Presley in his final Las Vegas show is on offer in an auction of Hollywood memorabilia through iCollector.com. The Martin D-28 guitar was played by 'The King' during a performance at the Las Vegas Hilton in December 1976. 

This Martin D-28 model guitar (serial number 361827), was used by Elvis in his last Las Vegas stage performances at the Las Vegas Hilton from December 2-12, 1976. In January, 1977 Elvis presented this  guitar to his bodyguard, Sam Thompson. Following Elvis’ death, Thompson sold the guitar in 1978 to The National Enquirer to fund his college education. The National Enquirer presented “The Elvis Guitar” to Cheryl Schmerr who won a national contest of over 60,000 entries in a well-publicized event hosted by the tabloid.

The guitar, with original case, is accompanied by a notarized letter signed by Sam Thompson, along with a notarized copy of a letter from Elvis’ father, Vernon E. Presley, dated January 4, 1978, attesting that his son gave Thompson the Martin D-28 the previous year while at Graceland. Also comes with a color photograph of Elvis performing on stage with this guitar. 

On the back of the guitar is some plastic residue where the belt on Elvis's jumpsuit melted because of the heat of the stage lighting.

Described as 'one of the most significant guitars to ever reach the market', the lot is expected to sell for up to £50,000.

Source: Various / Updated: Sep 22, 2009 
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Judy_Fairytale (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 24, 2009report abuse
I don't care if its the one in the picture or not....If it was Elvis's, I WANT IT!!! Now all I want is the $50,000 to buy it with.....
gbalaban (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 23, 2009report abuse
I thought the same thing as Hans Otto did as soon as I saw the picture.
Hans Otto (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 23, 2009report abuse
I sure hope that the above mentioned picture that accompanies the guitar is another than the one here shown. Because Elvis did not wear this Mexican Sundial suite a single time between his short stint at Lake Tahoe in mid-October 1974, and his February 17 1977 concert in Civic Center Savannah GA.
So the above shown concert picture is NOT from Las Vegas December 1976, but sometime after January 1977 - in other words AFTER he supposedly had donated the guitar to Sam Thompsen...
I am Buffalo-Horn! (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 23, 2009report abuse
As Graceland is one of the most-visited US attractions, and therefore not exactly short of money, one hopes they will be putting in a bid for this guitar to add it to their displays.
CLAIR-TCE (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 23, 2009report abuse
Could someone lend me some money please?.........

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