An unbelievable 10 feet tall statue of the king of Rock’n’Roll Elvis Presley has been sold at Ebay for $ 17,700.01. This
statue was hand sculptured by Mr. Eric Vernon Parks. Mr. Parks is the son of the "world famous sculptor", Mr. Charles Parks. This Elvis sculpture is one of only 'hand full' that are known to exist! Mr. Eric Parks was the only sculptor approved by Graceland, at the time (1979), to commission an exact full body likeness of Elvis. No more of these statues are being commissioned by Parks and haven't been for many years. The first one created by artist Eric Parks used to be located in the Elvis Presley plaza on Beale Street in Memphis Tennessee, but has for the last few years been located in the visitors centre in Memphis. Artist Parks has paid great attention to detail in this sculpture. Elvis’ hair, combed in a familiar style, with a single prominent curl and side burns, looks freshly combed. The hair curves around the ears, and ends at mid-neck. His sideburns have a slightly bushy look to them. His facial features are strong and distinctive, capturing the manly beauty of the young Elvis. The incredible detail is even evident in his shirt.
About the Artist:
Eric Vernon Parks was born on March 8, 1948 in Wilmington, Delaware . He is the first-born son of prominent sculptor, Charles Parks. Early exposure to the techniques of drawing and modeling in his father’s studio encouraged and enabled him to pursue his own journey in the three-dimensional arts. The artist has exhibited extensively. His works are in numerous corporate and private collections, and in the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.” Other than his ten-foot-high statue of Elvis Presley in Memphis he created the "American Song", a seven foot bronze statue of a flute player that stands in
Independence Mall in Philadelphia.
Elvis Presley 10Ft Sculpture Sold On EbayJuly 31, 2006 | Other Source:Elvis Unlimited
Kenneth wrote on August 01, 2006
does anyone out there know the reason it went up for sale?? my son saw it and said it simply awesome.
jessy wrote on August 01, 2006
I saw this beautifull statue In Memphis. Maybe the new owner can place the statue on Elvis Presley Boulevard!?
Devon wrote on August 05, 2006
Crawfish wrote on August 05, 2006
This is the most fantastic statue; imagine drawing your curtains each morning and there was Elvis to greet you! (Not that he would go in my garden like a gnome ... but you know what I mean!) :) What a fantastic buy!
Bill E. Burk wrote on August 11, 2006
Parks' original statue now sits in the Visitors Center in Memphis on Riverside Drive, at the foot of Adams. A few feet away is the statue of B. B. King -- so, 2 Kings in the same building. Back when it was unveiled on Beale Street in August 1980, the initial reaction to it was: "It's nice, but WHO is it?" At one point, prior to the unveiling, you could buy a replica of it for $25 to help pay for the statue itself ... but EPE called a halt to that. LATER ... when it was talked of moving the statue off of Beale (due to the damage it was suffering) to another location, we tried to get it put in front of our then-new Pyramid, next to the statue of King Rameses II (Memphis having the ONLY copy of that original statue). We thought that would make a great "2 kings" theme ... but our city fathers nixed that, as well. As for the damage being done to Parks' statue on Beale, it was always said it was the fans tearing off a souvenir ... but I personally saw a lot of times when someone was desecrating the EP statue and, believe me, it was NOT fans (at least, not of Elvis ... maybe Michael Jackson).