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Lot 53: 1975-76 Elvis Presley Las Vegas Hilton Summer Festival Concert Banner in Framed Display
29 October 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
By 1976, Colonel Tom Parker had tried nearly every conceivable shape and size for Elvis tour promotional pieces. The offered large paper banner may represent the pinnacle of the form, with its large central image of Elvis wearing the Aqua Blue Vine jumpsuit (also offered in this auction) in a more unusual heraldic shape. The poster was created to promote Elvis' Las Vegas Hilton engagements and was utilized as early as the 1975 Summer Festival and as late as the December 2-12, 1976 run. That 15th "season" would end up being Elvis' last set of concerts at the legendary theater of the former International Hotel. These posters adorned any blank surface in the hotel that the Colonel's promotional staff saw fit to cover. The offered banner is framed in a display that preserves the condition of this fine example. This framed banner has also escaped Colonel Parker's penchant for adding the "SOLD OUT" phrase that so often ended up embellishing these promotional banners. The banner measures approximately 36 1/2 by 23 3/4 inches (92.71 by 60.325 cm) and the framed display measures 41 1/2 by 29 inches (105.41 x 73.66 cm). This prime, colorful example is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The banner shows very few distresses in the way of nearly unnoticeable areas of edge wear at the bottom. Near Mint condition.