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Elvis Presley Jumpsuit, Million Dollar Quartet Guitar Up for Auction

The King’s ‘Viva Las Vegas’ jacket, personalized handgun also featured in August sale

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Elvis Presley’s light blue “Starburst” jumpsuit, as well as a guitar signed by the King and his Million Dollar Quartet bandmates — Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis — are among numerous items set to go up for auction at Graceland in August.

The auction will take place in the Graceland Archives Studio on Thursday, August 13th at 8 p.m. EDT, and simultaneously online via eBay’s Live Auctions platform. The 174 new lots comprise the third, and largest, auction of Presley artifacts and memorabilia set to be held during Elvis Week 2015, August 8th through the 16th.

The “Starburst” jumpsuit, which Presley wore during a 1973 stint at the Las Vegas Hilton, is one of the pricier lots and is expected to fetch between $100,000 and $150,000. The autographed guitar, meanwhile, could garner between $20,000 and $30,000. 

A 1956 double-signed transfer agreement that moved 15 Presley songs under the umbrella of his publishing house, Gladys Music is also available and is estimated to sell for between $20,000 to $30,000. 

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The August auction also boasts two more unique items: The jacket Presley wore during his dance scene with Ann-Margret in Viva Las Vegas ($30,000 to $50,000). And, for the collector who has everything — including, perhaps, a pair of Presley’s underwear — the rock legend’s Walther Model PPK/S 9mm Kurz handgun, engraved with “Elvis” and “TCB.” The gun is expected to sell for between $100,000 to $125,000.

Earlier this year, the sole acetate disc of Presley’s first recording, featuring “My Happiness” and “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin,” sold for $300,000 at auction. Several months later, it was revealed that the buyer was Jack White, who then reissued the 10-inch, 78rpm recording as a Record Store Day exclusive.

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