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Elvis Presley Artifacts Sold at Graceland Auction

Caitlin Schneider
Graceland Auctions
Graceland Auctions / Graceland Auctions
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The King might be dead, but his things live on—and decades after the passing of Elvis Presley, people are still clamoring for a piece of his rock and roll legacy.

At Graceland—Presley’s Memphis home—on Thursday night, 160 authenticated artifacts were sold at auction as part of Elvis Week, the annual commemoration of the singer’s death.

Bids were accepted online for weeks prior to the live auction, when all the bids were brought to the floor. Potential bidders paid $20 for tickets to the auction and many traveled from far away to nab some of the coveted memorabilia.

Laura Pickett, managing director of Graceland Auctions, told U.S. News that all the artifacts were from third-party collectors and nothing was from the Graceland archives. The mansion and the property therein are still owned by Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis and Priscilla Presley.

The highest-selling items were Elvis’ personal Walther Model PPK/S 9mm Kurz Handgun with engraving ($62,500), a gold ring with diamonds and tourmaline worn by Elvis ($47,500), and a “TCB” diamond and gold necklace gifted to Sammy Davis Jr. by Elvis. “TCB” stands for “taking care of business” and is what Elvis called his band.

The most bid-on item was a 1970 Houston Astrodome Livestock Show and rodeo souvenir program featuring Elvis. It sold for $3750.

If you’re wondering whether it might be worth your while to get in on next year’s auction, the lowest price on a sold item was $313, for a Paramount invitation to a preview screening of Roustabout (starring Elvis) in 1964.

All items can be viewed at the Graceland Auctions site, but here are just a few to get you all shook up.

1960s Elvis Presley Personally Owned Jacket and Leather Pants Ensemble

1970s Elvis Presley Owned and Worn Large Black Sapphire Ring

Elvis Presley Luggage, Personal Effects and Signed Purchase Documents - Bought While in Los Angeles Rehearsing for the Second International Season

Elvis Presley Owned "TCB" Smith & Wesson .38 Caliber Pistol - Gifted to a TWA Pilot

1970s Elvis Presley Handwritten and Initialed "Tough but Gentle" Philosophical Statement On His Personal Notepad Stationery

1973 Elvis Presley Las Vegas Hilton Maitre D' Menu - Extremely Rare Oversized Version

Ed Parker Denver Police Badge and Police Documents Collection - Including 1970 Elvis Presley Mug Shot*

1957 Elvis Presley Enterprises Elvis Presley Doll in Rare Original Box

1961 Elvis Presley Enterprises Elvis Presley Gold Bust

1956 Elvis Presley Enterprises Six-String Toy Guitar with Original Box

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