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The Wikicollecting Top 10 Most Expensive Elvis Clothes Ever

September 08, 2011 | Other

To celebrate this anniversary of Elvis' first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, the users of Wikicollecting.org have compiled a list of the most expensive items ever sold from the King's wardrobe.

Elvis Presley never needed an introduction - to millions around the world he was simply ‘The King’. Almost 35 years after his death he remains one of the world’s most popular and successful artists, with sales of more than 1 billion records to date.

A Harris poll conducted in 2002 suggested that ten percent of all Americans have visited Graceland, and nine percent Elvis memorabilia. He may be gone, but his legacy remains – and it seems we still all want a piece of The King to call our own.

10. 1970’s purple robe - $5,445
A 1970’s Elvis-worn purple terrycloth robe, monogrammed with “EP”, sold for $5,445 at a Gotta Have Rock and Roll auction in July 2011.

9. US army shirt - $5,069
A US army shirt worn by Elvis while on military service in Germany during the 1950’s achieved $5,069 at July 2011’s Gotta Have Rock and Roll auction. It bears a stamp of his name on the inside, as well as a Spearhead squadron badge.

8. 1950’s Lanksy Bros shirt, waistcoat and trousers - $13,798
A 1950’s Lanksy Bros shirt, waistcoat and trousers combination made $13,798 at a Gotta Have Rock and Roll auction in July 2011. It is accompanied with publicity photographs showing Elvis in the get-up.

7. Lanksy Bros suit and shirt - $25,725
A Lanksy Bros suit and shirt, which Elvis was pictured wearing on the back of the 1956 Elvis Presley album, produced by RCA, realised $25,725 at a Gotta Have Rock and Roll auction in July 2011. The items all included the "Lansky Brothers Memphis TN" label.

6. Promotional RCA photo red shirt - $28,000
A red shirt sported by Elvis in a giant pin up picture released by RCA in 1963, achieved $28,000 at a Leslie Hindman Auctioneers sale in October 2009.

5. Mohair suit with Verde boots and scarf - $36,722
A stage worn International Costume Company mohair suit, with a scarf and Verde boots, was sold for $36,722 at a Gotta Have Rock and Roll auction in July 2011.
The garments were worn by Elvis during his long run at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, between 1969 and 1976.
The comparatively sober items suggest that they come from the earlier portion of his return to the stage, as his outfits became increasingly flamboyant in later years.

4. 1974 buff-colour North Beach leather suit - $47,000
A 1974 buff-colour North Beach leather stage-worn suit, worn by Elvis during 1974, made $47,000 at a Regency Superior sale in January 2006. The bell bottomed trousers feature an American football style fly, while the jacket includes sweat stains.

3. Sweat stained 1975 dark blue suit - $105,000
A dark blue International Costume suit, worn by Elvis at a number of concerts in 1975, sold for $105,000 at a Regency Superior sale in January 2006.
It comes complete with sweat stains courtesy of the King.

2. 1974 North Beach Leather suit - $120,000
A two piece bespoke custom leather suit, worn by Elvis at gigs at the Las Vegas Hilton during the summer of 1974, achieved $120,000 at Heritage Auctions in October 2008.
The cream suit, one of four very similar outfits produced by North Beach Leather for Elvis, features bloodstains from where he received B-12 vitamin shots before going on stage.

1. Elvis’s nail mirror jumpsuit - $175,000
A 1974 nail mirror jumpsuit worn by Elvis at a number of shows during 1973 and 1974 made $175,000 at a Regency-Superior auction in January 2006.
Elvis wore the suit at his largest ever concert, to 44,000 fans at the Houston Astrodome on March 3, 1974.
If Elvis’s two Aloha jumpsuits from his Hawaii concerts were ever sold by the Graceland museum, they could well exceed this figure.

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Peter @ ElvisMatters wrote on September 08, 2011
Well, that list is completely inaccurate... In 2008 we/ElvisMatters sold the Turquoise Jumpsuit for 210,000.00 $US and two years ago/2009 the Peacock suit was sold for well over 300,000.00 $US... The Jack Lord belt fetched 66,000.00 $US... and so on & so on....
dgirl wrote on September 09, 2011
Such trivial matters, who cares.
mature_elvis_fan75 wrote on September 09, 2011
Yes its trivial,of course im not a fan & i love beiber cant get enough oh baby baby baby lol. Yes thats sarcasim!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1 BILLION SOLD wrote on September 09, 2011
The very last line that says the Aloha suit could well exceed that figure...DUH...NO SH_T!! The American Eagle Aloha jumpsuit was voted in a uk poll a couple of years ago as not only the coolest famous outfit ever by ANY performer, but also the BEST known!!! I personally think it would auction into the millions...like EPE would ever consider doing such a ludicrous thing anyway!
Natha wrote on September 10, 2011
I think the critic on this list is valid. Like in quite a number of lists the accomplishments of the King are mostly incomplete and inaccurate. Just remember how Billboard (among others) use their criteria in such a way that Elvis' greatness is shrouded. I can understand people wonder about a hidden agenda, and as a matter of fact I do too. In this case they pretend to be an encyclopaedia, yet it is as leak as wikipedia. It seems to be connected to the term wiki I gather. Yes it is trivial in a way as there are more important issues in life. Yet one may expect a better research. And the mere fact that Peter easily produced more facts show the low standard of the researcher responsible for this item. I think Jack409 just wanted to point at the double standard.
TCB1974 wrote on September 11, 2011
Let's face it. Elvis is the most successful artist in music history. Probably he already achieved this status in the early 60s and has held its reign since then. This may be the facts but is unacceptable from a media perspective. You cannot bring news for 50 years about the same man. They need new records to report upon....
tigerpawl wrote on September 13, 2011
It would had been nice if we could have gotten pictures with the list.
Harvey Alexander wrote on September 15, 2011
Who gives a flying banana how much his clothes sold for? His legacy is his music - not his wardrobe, most of which (in the later years) was incredibly tacky and ridiculous. But that doesn't matter to me. It's the music that counts. It wouldn't bother me if I found out tomorrow that he recorded 'Jailhouse Rock' dressed in a tutu. I certainly wouldn't be interested in finding out how much that tutu was worth today. If only some people would get their priorites right.