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Lot 16: 1976 Elvis Presley's Minneapolis, Minnesota MPLS Police Tie Bar
29 October 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
The offered gold-colored tie bar with alligator clip back and "MPLS" police badge center is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Sam Thompson in which he states, in part, "I was with Elvis backstage Oct. 17, 1976 at the Met Sports Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Elvis mentioned to the policeman that he collected law enforcement memorabilia. The officer took off his tie tack and gave it to Elvis and Elvis gave him a scarf and an autograph. The tie clip says MPLS Police. This tie tack remained in Elvis' traveling badge case until the day he died. Vernon Presley gave me this tie tack after Elvis' death and it is now in the possession of Andreas Myrvold Jensen of Norway." The letter also depicts an image of this tie bar. The tie bar measures approximately 2 1/8 inches (5.39 cm) in length and is accompanied by color pictures of Elvis on stage that night in Minneapolis, a black-and-white photo of Elvis in Minneapolis in 1956 and a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The tie bar is in good condition overall with typical signs of wear and rubbing to metal expected with use and age.