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Lot 21: Elvis Presley's Las Vegas Hilton $1 Chip and Matchbook
29 October 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
Matchbooks have always been collectible, with people loving to amass examples from everywhere they have been. In December of 1976, Elvis was performing for two weeks in Vegas and according to a letter from entourage member Sam Thompson, during Elvis' time at the Las Vegas Hilton that month: "...Elvis decided to go downstairs to play blackjack. While he played, he kept a stack of $1 chips with a book of Hilton matches on top of them. When the crowd became too large to control, Elvis stood up to leave, paused to sign autographs, and handed me his last chip and the book of matches while he was doing so. I put them in my pocket and when we returned to the suite and I handed him the chip. [sic] He just laughed and told me to keep it as I would need it for gambling. The chip and book of matches have been in my possession since 1976." That time in Vegas would be Elvis' last, and this winning pair of mementos used by the king are an ideal token for any collection. The bright yellow matchbook with orange-and-blue Las Vegas Hilton logo measures 1 7/8 by 2 inches (4.76 x 5.08 cm) and the circular $1 gambling chip with Hilton logo has a diameter of 1 1/2 inches (3.81 cm). The chip and matchbook are accompanied by a letter from Sam Thompson and also by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The matchbook is in good condition with evidence of wear from use and wear along the edges. No matches have been removed. The chip is in well played condition.