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Lot 1: 1953 Humes High School Yearbook Signed by Elvis Presley and Class President George Klein
29 October 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
Carolyn Lee Jones was certainly a popular girl in Humes High School and her yearbook from 1953 confirms the fact that this lovely lady had many friends and admirers. The most famous of those was Elvis Presley himself, who signed near his own class picture, "Best of luck to a very cute girl. Elvis." Elvis' friend and Class President, George Klein, also signed "To a very nice girl. Best of everything always. George." Based on the staggering number of signatures in her yearbook, it appears Carolyn knew almost everyone in her school! A cherished high school memento, this yearbook was stored for many years in a safety deposit box, and because of that it is one of the most well-preserved copies ever offered.
The yearbook, signed by Carolyn Jones in blue ink on the inside cover, is 112 pages long. Elvis is depicted in his senior class portrait wearing a suit jacket and tie with a curl of hair falling onto his forehead. He has listed his major as "Shop, History, English" and his activities as "R.O.T.C., Biology Club, English Club, History Club, Speech Club." Elvis is also mentioned on page 30 in the class' Last Will and Testament, in Section 83: "Donald Williams, Raymond McCraig and Elvis Presley leave hoping there will be someone to take their places as 'teachers' pets.'" Elvis is also pictured on page 56, in the 5th period 12th grade English class photo, in the back row.
The pristine example of the 1953 Herald yearbook measures approximately 11 by 8 inches (27.94 x 20.32 cm) and is offered with a letter from Carolyn Lee (Jones) Davis in which she fondly recalls her school days with Elvis:
There are so many memories in this wonderful book. I think back on the days of Elvis sitting on the front steps of the school and playing his guitar. To see what he has become is truly amazing. He was always a loner and most people paid him no attention. I felt sorry for him at times. We became friends and I helped him with his school work. English was his worst subject. Funny how life takes its turns. I, for one, was very proud to know him. Memories are a wonderful thing.
The yearbook is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The yearbook presents with few if any distresses, the Elvis signature is clean and bold and in exceptional near mint condition overall.