OCEANSIDE, N.Y. — Several property documents signed by Elvis Presley — to include the original contract to purchase Graceland in 1957 — plus Star Wars collectibles combined to lead the charge at a huge three-day multi-estate sale held April 23-25 by Philip Weiss Auctions. The sale was held in the firm’s gallery facility in Oceanside, N.Y.
Internet bidding was facilitated by Proxibid.com. All prices quoted include a 13 percent buyer’s premium.
The Elvis documents sold for an aggregate of $52,410. Chief among them (and the top lot of the sale) was the Graceland contract, which brought $28,250. It was the purchase and sale agreement (and settlement sheet) for the legendary home in Memphis that Elvis purchased from Ruth Brown Moore in 1957. The singular document was signed by Elvis and both of his parents.
Also sold was the contract to acquire the home Elvis bought in Memphis, at 1034 Audubon Road, before acquiring Graceland; it fetched $8,775. That document was also signed by all three Presleys. It detailed the purchase price paid and terms. When Elvis purchased Graceland, he turned the Audubon Road property over to Ruth Brown Moore as part of the sale agreement.
A third contract, which sold for $5,085, was the document for Elvis’s purchase of the Circle G Ranch (then known as Twinkletown Farms), located south of Memphis, in Mississippi. It is there that Elvis and Priscilla honeymooned in 1968. All of the Elvis material was consigned by a gentleman who worked for a law firm in Memphis that helped negotiate all of the deals.
The Star Wars collectibles were the surprise hit of the auction. Highlights included a Boba Fett action figure on card, which brought $847; a lot of five Star Wars action figures on cards that sold for $5,367; a lot of two Star Wars utility belts, in the original boxes, that hammered at $1,808; and a Star Wars Ice Planet Hoth Adventure Set, that settled at $2,486.
“Overall, it was a fairly busy three-day sale,” Weiss remarked. The first day of the auction featured vintage trains, with names like American Flyer, Lionel and other makers. Also offered were toys, wind-ups, cast-iron and pressed steel trucks. The top lot of the session was a J. & E. Stevens panorama bank that hammered at $9,040.
Day two featured Part 1 of the Edward Ryan collection of paper and toy soldiers, as well as French military items. “I would say this session was solid and steady, with strong Internet bidding to go along with a small but determined in-house contingent,” Weiss said. “There weren’t any real highlights to speak of, but overall we saw solid prices paid throughout the day.”
The last day of the sale featured the Elvis documents, plus other rock ‘n’ roll and pop culture items, including material pertaining to the Beatles, Buddy Holly & the Crickets and others. A highlight was a signed Eric Clapton “Blackie” Fender guitar, which sold for $2,825. Among the vintage rock ‘n’ roll concert posters, a top lot was a 1970 Janis Joplin Syracuse poster that changed owners for $2,599.
To learn more about Philip Weiss Auctions and its calendar of upcoming events visit www.prwauctions.com. ?
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