Elvis Presley's gold-plated 9mm Walther PPK handgun is one of several item's up for auction in the UK. The following text is from a press release from Auction World TV:
The gold-plated handgun used by Elvis Presley to blast the screens out of TV sets is going under the hammer in the ultimate rock and roll auction.
The handgun is expected to fetch in the region of £60,000 (UK sterling) in an auction to celebrate 50 years of rock and roll, and mark the anniversary of his untimely death in August 1977. The shooter is the star lot in a sale on the Auctionworld cable broadcast on Sky Channel 651 and NTL 924 on Sunday August 15th.
Bidders can also stake their claim for the unique item via the website, www.auction-world.tv.
Nearly 70 of the King s personal effects must go, include: Elvis' racquet ball racquet, a pair of blue boxer shorts, an acoustic guitar played by Elvis in the early 1950s, Elvis' Star of David necklace, two pairs of white shoes, Elvis' two-piece sweat suit, the last diamond ring Elvis ever wore on stage, his jacket from the 1965 movie Girl Happy, a pair of handcuffs, scarves and signed items.
The three-day auction kicks off on the evening of Friday August 13th and most lots have a starting price of just £10.
Auctionworld's sister channel, www.chase-it.tv is also running a three-day auction.
Lots include: 1956 concert ticket, Movie script for the 1964 movie Viva Las Vegas, Elvis' glasses case, Scarves, Lobby cards for That s the Way It Is, Telegram concerning Elvis' legendary 1973 Aloha From Hawaii show.
Auctionworld MD George Spitaliotis said: This is a fantastic opportunity for the general public to purchase their own piece of rock and roll history.
This quality of item's usually only crop up very occasionally in closed auctions. We are changing that on chase-it.tv everyone can join in the action. Items are sold with certificates of authenticity and where possible other documentation.
Dave Hebler, Elvis' bodyguard from 1972 to 1976, will be special guest on the show along with veteran DJ and Elvis fan David Hamilton. Dave, 66, was present on two occasions when Elvis blasted out TV sets. He said: One time we were sitting around at Graceland and Elvis was watching an interview with a celebrity he wasn't particularly impressed with. He just said that'll be quite enough of that bull**** , whipped out his gun and blasted the screen out of the TV.
For further information call
Steve Taylor, Marketing Manager, Auctionworld: (+1992) 765937