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Saturday, August 9, 2008

Elvis Presley Jumpsuit Sells for Record at Memorabilia Auction

A few weeks ago I wrote about the record auction for James Brown memorabilia including one of his infamous capes that went for more than $32,000. This time it’s Elvis and it is one of his flamboyant jumpsuits. The hand embroidered Peacock jumpsuit was designed by Bill Belew in 1974 for the King of Rock and Roll. It was reported that Elvis originally paid $10,000 for the jumpsuit that sold for a record $300,000. Pre-auction estimates for the jumpsuit by online auctioneers, Gotta Have It! Collectibles, ranged from $275 to $325,000. The previous record for an Elvis collectible was $295,000 for the King’s Lincoln.

Elvis Presley was born in January 1935 was originally a controversial figure in American music because he blended black and white sounds. It did not help that he gyrated and swayed his hips to the music he played while on stage, in a country that was still pre-cultural revolution of the 60’s. However, as time passed, Elvis became an icon of that same culture and one of the most popular and recognizable names in the music business ever, earning him the title of The King of Rock and Roll. In addition to his music, Elvis made 32 movies. Sadly, Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977.

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