Lot 7085: Elvis Presley's personally-owned Flite King Riot Model K-10, 12 ga., no serial number (manufactured before 1968), 20? barrel, fine bore. Pump-action shotgun features a pistol grip and front bead sight. Gun has been customized by Presley with his initials and lightning bolts on both sides of the receiver, and his TCB—Taking Care of Business—monogram and lightning bolts on both sides of the stock. In fine condition, with some light surface scratches to the stock and some light wear and chipping to portions of the gold appliques. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Jimmy Velvet of the Elvis Presley Museum, which reads, in full: "Elvis Presley personalized TCB shotgun. Flite King riot model K-10 high standard shotgun, with initials 'EP' on either side of the shotgun. This was the personal property of Elvis Presley."An avid gun collector, Presley amassed many firearms by the time of his death in 1977. He shared this affinity with his friends, gifting a Walther PPK to Hawaii Five-O's Jack Lord, and famously presenting President Richard Nixon a nickel-plated Colt .45 in exchange for a badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Although an enthusiast, the 'King's' careless handling of firearms is also widely known, including an instance of shooting a television when Robert Goulet appeared on screen. This shotgun is particularly attractive, as it incorporates the name of Presley's band and motto 'Taking Care of Business,' with the same logo used on Presley's jewelry and touring plane. Presley's firearms are seldom offered for sale at auction, and when they are, they routinely outsell almost all other Presley-owned or -used memorabilia. This transfers as a modern firearm. Oversized.
RR Auction's Marvels of Modern Music Auction 457
Thursday, 23rd July 2015
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