More than a dozen Elvis items are set to go to auction next month at the inaugural Mecum Celebrity Items Auction, July 26-27 in Santa Monica, California and the star of the show is a collection of tapes containing footage of the very last known time Elvis ever appeared and performed on camera with hours of never-before-broadcast material.
The original video and audio footage comes from Elvis' last two recorded live concerts - including one in Omaha, Neb., on June 19, 1977, and one in Rapid City, S.D., on June 21, 1977. The tapes include Elvis performing live onstage as well as footage from backstage and behind-the-scenes.
The uncirculated tapes, totaling approximately four-and-a-half hours, contain the unedited, multi-camera professionally filmed concert footage with the original audio mix. The tapes also include intimate backstage scenes, candid dressing room footage and hallway shots of Elvis, his then-girlfriend, Ginger Alden, and his father, Vernon Presley. The Elvis tapes are being sold solely as a cultural collectible intended for the personal enjoyment of the successful bidder.
EPE owns the rights to the CBS TV production and have previously prosecuted bootleggers who have released them - as in the deluxe 'The Final Curtain' box-set. The Mecum Auction also includes additional Elvis memorabilia such as Elvis a 1972 Cadillac Custom Estate Wagon (Lot S119), 1958-1960 U.S. Army Induction and Discharge Papers (Lot S207) and a 1958 lot of rare Presley photographs in the Army (Lot S200)