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Video of Elvis Presley's Last Performance to Be Sold

Rare footage shows the singer at his best and worst

July 19, 2013 11:15 AM ET
Elvis Presley performs in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Elvis Presley performs in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Raw footage of Elvis' last concert is set to be auctioned in Santa Monica, California, on July 26th and 27th. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the more than four-hour collection includes 27 songs and features candid hallway shots of Elvis with his girlfriend at the time and father in addition to intimate dressing room scenes and other moments leading up to the performance.

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"It was shot on Elvis' final tour for a one-hour CBS-TV special, Elvis in Concert," says Alanna Nash, an author who has written extensively on Elvis. 

Elvis Presley Enterprises had chosen not to release the footage from the final concerts because some scenes showed Presley clearly ill and unstable, though bootlegged versions have circulated for years. 

"It's not immediately known if they contain material not already seen on pirated versions, [but] the four-and-a-half hours, even in black and white, would certainly be integral to those intent on deciphering the last days of a once and future king," said Nash. 

The auction has added a stipulation that prohibits the footage from being reproduced, broadcast or distributed. 

Other items at the auction will include Presley's 1958-1960 U.S. Army induction and discharge papers, 1972 Cadillac Custom Estate Wagon, along with autographs and photos. 

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