Elvis Presley's army uniform auctions for $35,000 at Heritage



2015-06-26 13:23:43

Elvis Presley's army uniform auctions for $35,000 at Heritage

The uniform worn by Elvis while in the US army tied with the Beatles' White Album

The uniform that Elvis Presley wore during his service in the US army has sold as one of the top lots in Heritage Auctions' August 10 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction in Dallas.

Elvis Presley army uniform Elvis received his full sergeant stripes on February 11, 1960

The uniform, worn by Elvis during the final months of his service, sold for $35,000, exceeding the $20,000+ estimate by 75%.

The "summer dress greens" are one of several uniforms worn by Elvis between March 1958 and March 1960, with these donned by the star on special occasions.

They have remained in pristine condition and came with fantastic provenance, having been consigned by Patsy Presley Geranan, Elvis' double first cousin and a former secretary at Graceland.

While the uniform exceeded expectations, it doesn't come close to prices seen by Elvis' stage-worn costumes, such as the famous peacock jumpsuit that sold for $300,000 at Gotta Have It! Collectibles in 2008.

Paul Fraser Collectibles has an authentic strand of hair from the King's famous army haircut, as well as two signed photographs of the star in uniform - see all three here.

 The sleeve was never issued with a record inside, but this example sold with two EX7-graded records

Matching the $35,000 seen by Elvis' uniform was the lowest numbered cover from the Beatles' White Album.

Numbered A0000001, the MT10-graded sleeve did not originally come with records inside, as it was one of just 20 given out as an early promotional item to the band members and Capitol Records executives.

However, it was accompanied by two EX7-graded copies of the White Album, along with a certificate of authenticity from Clifford J Yamasaki of Let It Be Records, a respected Beatles expert.

 The sleeve was voted the most valuable and rarest in the world in Record Collector magazine

Also selling was an extremely rare alternate cover for the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, in which the heads of the famous characters depicted are replaced with those of Capitol Records executives.

With only around 40-50 of these ever produced and the cover ranked #1 in Record Collector magazine's list of the world's most expensive record covers, this example sold for $32,500.

See our magnificent selection of Beatles memorabilia for sale, including a signed cover of A Hard Day's Night.

The surprise top lot of the sale came from a script and coffee mug from Big Jake, a 1971 Western firm starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.

With the script's cover showing the film's original title, The Million Dollar Kidnapping, the lot was consigned by Bob Weatherwax, who trained "Laddie", the dog who starred alongside John Wayne in the film. It was signed "Bob/from Duke" and made $40,625.

We are currently offering a fantastic signed photograph of John Wayne in his famous role as Rooster Cogburn.

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