Lot 141: Elvis Presley Owned and Worn "Middle Tennessee" Jacket - Presented by University Staff and Personalized "Elvis"
29 October 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
Elvis' home and heart were always in Tennessee, and twice he performed at the Middle Tennessee State University Athletic Center in Murfreesboro: on March 14, 1974 and April 29, 1975. It was during one of these concerts that the offered white Champion jacket was presented by University staff to Elvis. Large blue letters reading "Middle Tennessee" are stitched to the back of the fleece-lined jacket, and "Elvis" is embroidered in blue on the left front breast. The jacket has six snap front closures, elastic cuffs, tie bottom and two pockets. The jacket is offered with a letter from Richard Grob, bodyguard to Elvis from 1967 until 1977, in which Richard recounts in detail the events surrounding the presentation of the jacket. The letter states in part:
Elvis Presley during his career performed several times at the Middle Tennessee State University at Murfreesboro, Tennessee. On either performance in March of 1974 or April 1975, I do not have the exact date, the members of University presented Elvis with a white jacket, because it was a little chilly in the arena. This jacket has the name "Elvis" embroidered on the front left side of the jacket in blue script type letters. On the back of the jacket there were blue block capital letters that said "Middle Tennessee." Elvis put the jacket on and thanked the presenting group for the jacket. He signed a couple of autographs while wearing the jacket and continued to wear it back stage and in the dressing room. As Elvis was about to go on stage, while he was at the stairs leading to the stage, he took the jacket off and handed it to me. I had the jacket secured in the car for Elvis to wear when we left the arena. When Elvis finished the concert and as he was heading to the car, I asked him if he wanted to put the jacket back on. He replied that he was already hot and did not want to wear a jacket. When we got to the hotel I took the jacket from the car and took it up to the suite. Elvis said that the jacket was very nice and he appreciated the gift, but he did not want to wear it. He told me to keep it and placed it in my room. I packed the jacket in my luggage and when we were next on the plane I again asked Elvis if he wanted the jacket. Again he told me to keep it and I did not ask him again.
A nice tribute and gesture to the home state's own mega-celebrity. The jacket is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The jacket is discolored at the collar and around all the edges and pockets from age, the elastic is no longer pliable, but the jacket is in Very Good condition overall.