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Original Nativity Set Sold

November 11, 2007 | Other
The original Nativity set that was used at Graceland, beginning with the 1965 Christmas season, is now sold on eBay for $5000. The seller, Med Phipps, is the son of the late Hardy Phipps, a local Memphis artist who contracted to provide the annual Christmas scene at Graceland until the early 1990’s. Hardy created this handmade, hand-painted fiberglass nativity scene for Elvis and Priscilla to display at Graceland in the 1960’s. The stable was later upgraded and enlarged. As a young man, the current seller helped his father set up the scene each year. The set includes

• Mother Mary
• Joseph
• Three kneeling wise men
• One standing shepherd
• One angel
• One calf’s head
• Three-piece stable
Viva wrote on November 13, 2007
Ruthie wrote on November 13, 2007
What a shame. In another 5 yrs or so, there probably won't be a single original item at Graceland, except possibly the foundation of the house!
Elvisnites wrote on November 13, 2007
Elvis rented this set every year. He did not owe it. The set evolved over the years. EPE did buy one of the sets. This is probably pieces from previous sets.