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Lot 48: Extremely Rare 1956 Elvis Presley RCA Victor Records Poster - with Image from His First RCA LP Elvis Presley
29 October 2016
Memphis, TN, USALive Auction
One of the earliest issued by RCA of Elvis in 1956, this poster has the seminal image of Elvis that appears on his first RCA LP entitled simply Elvis Presley. The image was taken during Elvis' performance on July 31, 1955, at the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa, Florida. It's believed that at the time, the Colonel prompted the well-known celebrity photographer of the day, William S. "Popsie" Randolph, to shoot a number of action shots of the rising star. The Colonel used this image on a multitude of promotional communications early in Elvis' career, but this poster remains a rare example of its use by RCA beyond the album cover. It was argued in 2002 by Joseph Tunzi that the image was actually shot by photographer William V. "Red" Robertson. Regardless, this quintessential image of Elvis playing his new Martin D28 and belting a tune with mouth wide open is one of the most iconic images of a young Elvis early in his career and at the beginning of his rise to fame. This RCA poster measures 22 by 17 inches (55.88 x 43.18 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.
Condition Report: The posterâs white border area has several distresses including a tear in the center top, several tape-stained spots, and scuffs. All of these defects could be matted out with proper framing, leaving the center artwork visible, with its relatively unscathed condition. Very Good condition overall.