Elvis Presley Army memorabilia to sell in online auction



2015-11-17 13:19:16

A selection of memorabilia from Elvis Presley's military service is up for sale this week through RR Auction.

The online sale includes candid signed photographs and letters from the King of Rock and Roll's time in the U.S Army, originating from the collection of his close friend Sgt. William A. Norwood.

Sgt. Norwood was assigned to train Presley when he arrived as a new recruit at the Fort Hood military post in Texas. The two soon became friends, and a homesick Elvis would often spend time at the Norwood family residence as he adjusted to life away from Memphis.

He was joined by his then-girlfriend Anita Wood, who struck up a friendship with Norwood's wife Olly, and the two corresponded with each other frequently during the period. Amongst the lots on offer are several letters from Wood to Norwood regarding Elvis, which offer a fascinating insight into their relationship.

One letter, dated September 12, 1958, reads in part: “Well, Elvis just told me he is leaving the 18th…You know, I may not even get to see him again before he leaves here. The Army may not give them any time off…I won’t be able to see him because of the reporters from the newspapers and magazines. The day he leaves will be the worst day of my life. I won’t even be able to see him.”

Another dates from August 24, just ten days after the untimely death of Presley's mother: "I went home for the funeral—Elvis & his dad were so upset. I only hope & pray they can go on and face life as best they can. They are so miserable & lonesome.”

The stand-out lots are a selection of candid photographs depicting Elvis in his Army uniform, including one stood in front of the Fort Hood barracks signed on the reverse “’58,’ To Sgt. Norwood—‘Thanks for everything,’ Elvis Presley.”

The auction also features several other items of Elvis memorabilia, including a rare pair of reference recordings featuring tracks from Presley's film King Creole which he later gifted to Norwood.

Bidding in the online sale ends on November 19.

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