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Lot 3: 1955 Elvis Presley Signed Early Promotional Photo
29 October 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
This early promotional photograph was created by Sun Records to promote its new star. Elvis is wearing a shirt, tie and jacket similar (if not the same) to the ones he is wearing in a well-known circa 1954 image that also includes Scotty Moore and Bill Black, who are both wearing Starlite Wranglers cowboy shirts. This same ensemble can also be seen in the image of Elvis, Bob Neal and Sam Phillips signing Elvis' management contract, with the presence of Neal leading one to assume this promotional photo was shot in that same late 1954/early 1955 time period. This early promotional shot of the fast-rising star was used in a plethora of newspapers and advertisements in 1955 and was kept on hand at performances. This was the time when Elvis was being described as one of the "biggest things in the business" and "good-looking as all heck" and this photo certainly confirms those assertions. This iconic image is signed on the reverse in the lower center quadrant "Sincerely Elvis Presley" with a big, bold signature, underlined twice, and salutation. The photo measures 10 by 8 inches (25.4 x 20.32 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The photo has several creases and moderate crazing across the surface. The edges exhibit moderate to heavy wrinkles and some toning. The mild toning and few stains on the reverse do not affect the bold signature at all. Very Good condition.