The bidding was fast and furious, with the 200 different Elvis collectibles generate some $730,000 in overall sales. Associated with the King commanded ransoms befitting royalty during Saturday's Elvis Presley auction at Graceland. The items were offered by third-party collectors from around the world, as bidding took place online, on the phone and live at the Graceland Archive Studio.
The most significant and hotly contested item during the auction was a "Birth Record" from Presley's delivering physician, the historical document after a fierce volley of bids was won by Elvis Presley Enterprises' archivist Angie Marchese for $87,500 so it can be put on display as part of Graceland's museum exhibits.
Other Big Sale numbers were:
- Elvis' Black Star Sapphire ring worn gifted to his bodyguard Al Strada sold for $35,000 on an estimate of $15,000
- 1911 Indian Head Gold $2 ½ Coin and Diamond Ring, which Elvis wore in the 1970s sold for $40,000.
- Black shirt, pants and gold metal belt ensemble, sold for $37,500
- Red and white western style pants from "Loving You” for $42,000 on an estimate of $15,00 to $20,000. The offered iconic, western-style red pants, with bold white piping elements, were produced for the film and featured in several scenes, as they were part of Deke Rivers’ “on-stage” performing wardrobe, which also included a satin shirt and scarf, also in the same style.
- Blue dress shirt Elvis from “The Trouble With Girls” $13,750
- 24 of Elvis’ pool balls which included table chalk from Graceland $15,000
The next Graceland Elvis auction is planned for Oct. 29 during the three-day opening celebration for the new hotel, The Guest House at Graceland.