Elvis' White Eagle cape to see $140,000 at Julien's Music Icons


2015-06-26 13:16:22


Elvis' White Eagle cape to see $140,000 at Julien's Music Icons

The floor-length White Eagle cape was made for the Aloha from Hawaii concert

One of the most iconic of all Elvis Presley's capes, the White Eagle, is to sell at Julien's Music Icons auction, which will be held on May 18 in New York.

Elvis White Eagle CapeThe cape previously sold at auction in 1999, making $150,000

The floor-length cape was designed for use by The King during his Aloha from Hawaii show, a 1973 concert that was broadcast in 40 countries worldwide. One of the most important and recognisable of all Elvis' elaborate stage costumes, it is expected to sell for $120,000-140,000.

The show was recorded during the most decadent era of Elvis' career, and was the most expensive entertainment special ever seen, costing around $2.5m.

The 5 foot white cape was designed by Bill Belew, who worked closely will Elvis to produce a motif that represented America. Elvis wanted to use the cape to hide behind during the intro to the concert, then drop it to reveal himself to the audience.

However, this example was found to be too heavy during rehearsals and another, shorter version was employed for the actual event.

The cape will be accompanied in the sale by a certificate of authenticity from Greg Howell of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Graceland.

Also starring is a matching white leather prototype belt, which the starhas signed on the back, "Ok Elvis". It is estimated at $40,000-60,000.

Paul Fraser Collectibles has two signed photographs of Elvis, taken during his days in the US army. We also have an authentic strand of The King's hair and a signed photograph of his legendary manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

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