MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Elvis Presley’s beloved White Knabe Grand Piano as featured in his music room at Graceland from 1957 to 1969, is expected to bring $1 million as the centerpiece of Heritage Auction Galleries’ Signature Elvis Memorabilia Auction, Aug. 14, in Memphis, Tenn. The piano, besides being owned by Elvis for more than a decade, is a storied set of keys that occupied the position as the house piano in Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, Tenn., from the early 1930s through 1957, when Elvis himself bought it and had it refurbished in white.
The piano is the emotional centerpiece of an auction that features a number of truly spectacular pieces of Elvis memorabilia, more than 270 in all, that reads like nothing less than a pop culture survey of the mid-20th century, when Elvis was ubiquitous and easily one of the greatest stars on the planet.
There can be almost no mention made of The King without mentioning his famous Memphis mansion Graceland, and this auction features a key piece of Graceland memorabilia: the Elvis Presley and parents signed Graceland Sales Contract, a three-page real estate purchase agreement for Graceland, dated March 26, 1957. It carries an estimate of $35,000 or more.
Another one of the truly premier lots of the auction, and certainly the most personal, is an Elvis handwritten and signed four-page letter written to his then-girlfriend Anita Wood in 1958, just after Elvis entered the army, estimated at $75,000 or more.
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