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Elvis' First Guitar On The Auction Block

September 15, 2011 | Other

Elvis Presley's first guitar is understandably old and tattered, the wood faded and held together by pieces of yellowed masking tape. But it’s still exciting music fans. On Sept. 24 and 25, the guitar will be part of a rock ‘n’ roll auction presented by Guernsey’s Auction House, which will include more than 1,000 lots of memorabilia, said Guernsey’s owner and president, Arlan Ettinger.

Ettinger estimates that Elvis’ guitar, for which the performer's parents paid just $10, could fetch $300,000 to $400,000. In a previous auction, Guernsey’s sold two Jerry Garcia guitars for $1 million each. “One could imagine that this guitar is worth as much if not more than that,” Ettinger said. “You’ve got to marvel at this guitar.” 

Harvey Alexander wrote on September 15, 2011
And this is genuine because...?
Tony C wrote on September 15, 2011
I share Harvey's concern about this being the real think. Elvis himself said that when he traded the guitar in for a better instrument, the seller threw the old guitar away because it was in such a battered state.
dgirl wrote on September 15, 2011
I question any type of these 'authentic' items supposedly once owned by Elvis, rings, books, clothers, guitars, whatever. They are all cause for suspicion. Stay away.
Jerome wrote on September 16, 2011
too much ducktape as far as I am concerned..
Steve V wrote on September 16, 2011
If there was a document signed by Elvis, his father or mother stating authenticity, then yes. Otherwise, bidder beware!