Elvis' gold piano brings world record price at Julien's

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2015-11-09 11:52:14

A gold piano once owned by Elvis Presley has sold for a new world record price at Julien's Auctions.

The unique instrument was a fixture at Graceland for many years, and had a strong personal history between Presley and his family.

The 1928 Kimball walnut grand piano had originally been housed at the Dixon-Myers Hall in Memphis, but when the city sold it off in 1955 Presley decided to use some of his newly-earned money to purchase it as a gift for his mother.

However, they quickly discovered it wouldn't fit through the door of his parent's apartment, and instead Presley had it moved to his new home on Audubon Drive, which he purchased for his family in 1956 with his royalties from Heartbreak Hotel.

Then in 1957 the piano moved with the Presley family again, this time to the King's new home of Graceland. Elvis installed it in his new music room, complete with a system that allowed him to play it with backing music, and it remained there until his mother's untimely death in 1958.

Devastated by the loss, Elvis had the piano removed from the house and placed in storage. It stayed there for ten years until Presley's first wedding anniversary, when his wife Priscilla had it plated with 24K gold leaf and returned it to the house as a gift for her husband.

Having spent the past few years on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, the piano hit the auction block at Julien's and realized $600,000 – the highest price ever paid for a piece of Elvis memorabilia at auction.

The final price doubled the previous record set in February 2015, when the original acetate recording made by Presley at Sun Studios in 1953 sold at Graceland for $300,000.

The sale also featured a number of other notable Elvis lots, including a white deerskin leather outfit which sold for $56,250; a stage worn jacket which sold for $59,375; and his Blue Hawaii Hamilton watch which sold for $37,500.

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