Over 170 Elvis Artifacts Being Auctioned Off Tonight at Graceland
How would you like to own one of Elvis' personal handguns? Or perhaps a jumpsuit he wore at Vegas concerts back in 1973?
Well, you could get your hands on one of 174 authenticated Elvis artifacts up for auction tonight at Graceland in Memphis,Tennessee.
The auction is part of Elvis Week, the annual commemoration of Presley's death at the age of 42 on August 16, 1977.
Bids have been accepted online for several weeks prior to tonight's live auction, when all bids are brought to the floor. All the artifacts are from third party collectors while nothing is owned by Graceland itself.
Here's a sample of some of the items up for grabs:
PERSONAL HANDGUN - The gun was manufactured in West Germany in 1974 and has intricate nickel engravings on the barrel, trigger guard and portions of the grip. "Elvis" is engraved on the barrel, and one side of the wooden grip sports Elvis' emblem "TCB (Taking Care of Business)" and the lightning bolt. Estimate: $100,000-$125,000.
"VIVA LAS VEGAS" JACKET - Presley wore the jacket during the popular dance scene with Ann-Margret in the 1964 MGM classic "Viva Las Vegas". Estimate: $30,000-$50,000.
ELVIS SUIT - The 1962 dark, charcoal-colored suit was worn by Presley in the MGM movie "It Happened at the World's Fair." Estimate: $20,000-$30,000.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET GUITAR - The Million Dollar Quartet is named for the stars - Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis - who came together for just one night in an impromptu jam session at Sun Records on Dec. 4, 1956. The vintage Harmony Monterey guitar has the signatures of all four on the body. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000.
PINKY RING - Presley gave the 15-diamond gold pinky ring to a member of his inner circle who started working with Presley after he returned from his military service and continued working with him until the early '70s. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000.
OWL-SHAPED RING - Presley gave the 14-karat yellow gold owl ring to a fan after a concert in Lake Tahoe in May 1973. Estimate: $15,000-$20,000.
ARMY SEWING KIT - Presley's U.S. Army issue sewing kit, accompanied by a black-and-white photograph that appears to depict a dress-uniform-clad Presley sewing his daily Army fatigues. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000.