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Lot 126: Elvis Presley Owned and Stage-Carried .25 Caliber Semi-Automatic Pistol - Gifted to Security Chief Dick Grob After It Fell out of Elvis' Boot Following a High Kick
29 October 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
The offered firearm is a Wischo-KG Erlangen Model 11 Serial number 32704, .25 caliber (6.35 mm) semi-automatic gun marked on the barrel with "SM" and "Made in Germany" that was personally owned by Elvis Presley. The firearm is offered with a notarized letter from Richard H. Grob, Elvis' bodyguard from 1967 to 1977, in which Richard describes in detail their shared passion for firearms and the enjoyment they experienced in discussing, practicing and purchasing firearms together. Richard further mentions:
In the 1970's Elvis frequented Palm Springs, California where he had a house. During these visits he often went to the police shooting rage to fire different weapons. He also visited several gun stores located in the city. One of his favorites was Tiny's Gun Store where he purchased or traded for many weapons and other items. Tiny, the owner, admired one of Elvis' rings and Elvis asked him if he wanted to trade for it. Tiny said yes and offered several items for the trade. One such item was a Wischo-KG.Erlangen, Model 11, serial number 32704, 25 Caliber (6.35mm), a semi automatic pistol, probably made by K. A. Reck Company, which was at one time Germany's largest producer on [sic] inexpensive weapons. â¦ I advised Elvis that this was a good small concealed weapon and it was one of the items he traded for the ring. Elvis later shot the weapon several times at the police range. Elvis carried this weapon concealed in his boot, either hidden in his sock or directly in the boot, on stage in Las Vegas. During one of his kicks the weapon fell out of his boot and skidded across the stage. I later retrieved it and Elvis gave it to me, saying that it was too small.
The diminutive weapon measures 3 1/4 by 4 1/2 inches (8.21 x 11.43 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The firearm presents in working condition, but it has not fired a bullet in sometime. There are several areas of scuffing and scratches and other moderate wear. Excellent condition.