Lot 51: Elvis Presley Stage-Worn Jumpsuit - The "Aqua Blue Vine" Jumpsuit worn on Stage in 1973-74

The Auction at Graceland

October 29, 2016, 3:00 PM CST
Memphis, TN, US
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Description: Nothing is more synonymous with the King of Rock 'n' Roll than his famous jumpsuits. While every fan remembers Elvis' wonderfully spectacular variety of jumpsuits (nearly 100 different examples were made), few are ever made available on the open market. Only a very small number of jumpsuits exist outside the treasured Graceland Archives. The opportunity to acquire such an iconic piece of music and entertainment history is incredibly rare. The offered legendary jumpsuit, with its turquoise clustered studs, was designed by Bill Belew and Gene Doucette in 1973 for Elvis. In the typical fashion of many of his jumpsuits, it has a zippered front closure, flared sleeves, flared legs with turquoise silk inverted kick pleats, a high-pointed Napoleon collar with Velcro patches on the back to attach the matching cape, and is studded with magnificent faux turquoise stones and gold-colored studs all over. The heavy fabric material matches other examples from the period, and an important hidden element that is present is the extra underarm padding. After designing the famous spectacular jumpsuits for which Elvis became known, Bill Belew was in high demand. Subsequently, Gene Doucette took a more active role in studding the jumpsuits with the elaborate stone and bejeweled designs. After early experiments, Bill had found that the best color choice for the fabric was white as it enabled Elvis to be lit by different colored spotlights without the suit itself absorbing the color. The high "Napoleonic" collar was meant to draw attention to Elvis' face, and the multitude of jewels and studs all over the jumpsuits would give the costume sparkle in the spotlights. The turquoise-and-gold flower style design of the offered jumpsuit is a perfect example of this design strategy, as it created a dazzling array of colorful glimmer under the lights of the Las Vegas stage and served to focus all attention on the shining star himself. There are a great number of images of Elvis in this jumpsuit, which he wore on stage in August and September of 1973 in Las Vegas and then again a few more times in 1974, most notably during the March tour. To complement this jumpsuit, Elvis often wore the matching cape and belt, which are both part of the treasured Graceland Archives Collection. The belt presented here, and included with the jumpsuit, is a replica created later for presentation purposes. Elvis gave the jumpsuit, among many other garments and artifacts, to the family of girlfriend Ginger Alden. The Alden family subsequently sold the jumpsuit to Jimmy Velvet, and it was offered in the Jimmy Velvet auction in Las Vegas in 1994. The jumpsuit most recently traded hands on eBay nearly 10 years ago for over $200,000. With the vast majority of jumpsuits residing at Graceland, only a precious few become available to collectors and this opportunity comes so very infrequently. The "Aqua Blue Vine" jumpsuit is a treasure to behold and with thousands of images of Elvis performing in this very costume, it would be the pinnacle of any important Elvis collection. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated. PLEASE NOTE: Also included with the jumpsuit (and now pictured above) is a 2009 Letter of Authenticity from IC Costume  designer Gene Doucette in which he states "The 'Turquoise Flower' suit AKA - 'Tuqouise Cluster' or 'Vine Cluster' now owned by (consignor's name removed) is definitely the original and in good condition - GD." The letter goes on to state that "I recognize the fabric, embroidery anhancement and workmanship as my own.”
Condition Report: The jumpsuit is in excellent condition overall, with great signs of heavy stage use, wear at the armpits, discoloration marks where the matching belt would have been worn (original belt is not being offered with the jumpsuit), and staining in the collar and armpits commensurate with heavy wear and stage use.
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UPS Store #0869
6025 Stage Road, Ste 42
Bartlett, TN 38134
T: (901) 385-8701
Contact: Robert Brown
store0869@theupsstore.com
www.theUPSStorelocal.com/0869

Lisa Fisher-Wood
Fine Arts Coordinator
Mallory Alexander International Logistics
4294 Swinnea Road, Memphis, TN 38118
LisaF@mallorygroup.com
Phone: Ofc) 901-370-4303 Cell) 901-493-6596.
www.mallorygroup.com

LR International Inc.
www.lrinternational.com
3720 River Road | Suite 300
Franklin Park, IL 60131 USA
T: 630-350-7100
F: 630-350-7101
Contact: Jerry Pohlman
jerryp@lrinternational.com

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Shipping Terms: Although shipping is the responsibility of the purchaser, we would recommend the following shippers to assist with arranging for packing and transport of any lots won in the auction. They are specialists in the field and can work directly with you to make full arrangements. They are happy to provide preliminary shipping estimates so please feel free to reach out to them directly.


UPS Store #0869
6025 Stage Road, Ste 42
Bartlett, TN 38134
T: (901) 385-8701
Contact: Robert Brown
store0869@theupsstore.com
www.theUPSStorelocal.com/0869

Lisa Fisher-Wood
Fine Arts Coordinator
Mallory Alexander International Logistics
4294 Swinnea Road, Memphis, TN 38118
LisaF@mallorygroup.com
Phone: Ofc) 901-370-4303 Cell) 901-493-6596.
www.mallorygroup.com

LR International Inc.
www.lrinternational.com
3720 River Road | Suite 300
Franklin Park, IL 60131 USA
T: 630-350-7100
F: 630-350-7101
Contact: Jerry Pohlman
jerryp@lrinternational.com

All items for this auction are located at Graceland Archives Warehouse in Memphis, TN. Auction A Circle, LLC does not ship. As a buyer, you are responsible for the pick up or shipment of the property you have purchased. As a courtesy, Auction A Circle, LLC has made arrangements with a variety of third party shippers to provide shipping quotes for buyers. Please note that shipping remains the responsibility of the buyer and it is highly recommended that you get quotes prior to the auction for large, fragile, or heavy items so you can consider the shipping costs before bidding. Under no circumstances will Auction A Circle, LLC be held responsible for items entrusted to a third party shipper. Purchaser agrees that packing and shipping is done at the purchaser's risk and that the purchaser will pay for all packing expenses, materials, carrier fees and insurance charges. Auction A Circle, LLC will have no liability for any loss or damage to shipped items. If any employee or agent of Auction A Circle, LLC is requested and agrees to pack or transport the merchandise, it is fully at the risk, responsibility and expense of the purchaser and Auction A Circle, LLC shall not be liable for any loss or damage that may be caused by such employee or agent. The purchase price and all fees must be paid in full before items will be released to the buyer or their agent.

Shipping small items by common carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, USPS): Auction A Circle, LLC has engaged shippers to pick up several times a week from Auction A Circle, LLC's facilities. Auction A Circle, LLC's recommended shippers for small items are LR International, Mallory Alexander International Logistics and UPS Store #0869. Once Auction A Circle, LLC received your payment and the completed shipping form authorizing the release of your property to the shipper, Auction A Circle, LLC will add your lot(s) to the list for the next pick up. You will receive a shipping quote for you approval within 48 hours after the shipper has picked up your lot(s). If for any reason the quote is unacceptable to you, your property will be returned to Auction A Circle, LLC so you can make alternate arrangements.

Shipping larger items by freight (e.g. furniture, bulky or odd shaped items, etc.): Auction A Circle, LLC can provide assistance in arranging for delivery by freight for items that exceed allowable dimensions or weight restrictions of UPS, Fed Ex and similar carriers. Depending on the location, Auction A Circle, LLC can recommend a variety of third party shippers. Auction A Circle, LLC is also happy to work with the freight company of your choosing. Please keep in mind that delivery of these types of items can be an expensive proposition and Auction A Circle, LLC urges you to consider this before bidding. Please remember that it is your responsibility to pay for all deliveries.
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