William Henry Knieves

By the Numbers: Elvis Presley

FIFTY YEARS AGO, CULTURAL ICON RETURNED TO THE STAGE FOR THE TV SPECIAL ‘ELVIS.’ A LOOK AT RELATED COLLECTIBLES FROM THE HERITAGE AUCTIONS ARCHIVES

5NUMBER of Sun records issued by Elvis. This example of the final single (1955), featuring “Mystery Train” and “I Forgot to Remember to Forget,” sold for $625 at an April 2018 auction.

6FEET, height measurement, of this cardboard promotional display showing the singer in his first movie, Love Me Tender. It sold for $20,000 at an August 2012 auction.

13.75 INCHES, width measurement, of this 1955 WSM Grand Ole Opry concert poster showing Elvis among the featured acts. It sold for $42,500 at an April 2018 auction.

14 NUMBER OF DIAMONDS set in this custom wristwatch presented to him by Colonel Tom Parker. It realized $16,250 at an August 2012 auction.

32 SLEEVE LENGTH, in inches, of Elvis’ Army fatigue shirt worn after he was drafted in 1958. It sold for $27,500 at a March 2013 auction.

1961 MODEL YEAR of this Martin 0-16NY guitar used by Elvis. It sold for $22,500 at a September 2015 auction.

This story appears in the Fall 2018 edition of The Intelligent Collector magazine. Click here to subscribe to the print edition.