For sale on eBay is an original cape, made by Bill Belkew/Gene Doucette for Elvis. However, although it is believed that Elvis wore this cape on stage, no pictures of him wearing the cape have actually surfaced. Frtom the description on eBay: “This cape is absolutely unique among the King's capes. Lavishly jeweled with amber stones and brass studs, lined in bold faux tiger skin, it is very heavy and surely one of the most elaborate capes ever worn by Elvis. Elvis wore this cape during the January/February 1973 Las Vegas season and/or at the May 1973 Lake Tahoe season. There is a blood stain at the hand level, where he held the open cape, probably caused by a fan pulling on his rings and cutting his finger. There are also sweat stains at the collar. The cape has never been cleaned after Elvis wore it. Bill Belew stated to us that he did make this cape for Elvis. Further, he remembered this particular suit and cape were special because he usually designed the outfits and submitted them to Elvis for his approval. This time, Elvis himself came up with the design and brought it to him. Elvis' karate name was "Tiger" and therefore, in this suit and cape he would be "Tigerman".”
Highest bid so far (with 4 days to go) is 18.700 dollar, but the reserve price is not yet met.
Original Elvis Cape For SaleJuly 08, 2008 | Other Source:ElvisMatters
Jerome returns wrote on July 08, 2008
"no pictures of him wearing the cape have actually surfaced" that actually takes away 80-90 % of the price doesn't it?..
Harvey Alexander wrote on July 08, 2008
I'm buying it for the blood stains and the sweat stains. It's amazing what you can do with DNA these days. Hey! I'm gonna make me another Elvis!!!
Dixieland Rock wrote on July 09, 2008
These high gas prices is causing me to have to dip into my "rare cape account". Dog gone these high gas prices. Shucks.
Linda Kovalcik wrote on July 09, 2008
There is no evidence that it's autenthic.
Steve V wrote on July 09, 2008
This will make for an expensive Halloween present for someone.