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julho 29, 2010

Presley's grand piano to go on the auction block



LOS ANGELES -- Elvis Presley's white grand piano and his 1955 contract with RCA Records are going up for auction next month in Memphis, with the piano expected to fetch more than $1 million, auctioneers said Monday.

The purchase agreement for Presley's Graceland mansion and a letter he wrote in 1955 to his then-girlfriend shortly after entering the Army are also among the highlights of the 270-lot Elvis memorabilia auction Aug. 14.

The white Knabe piano was owned and played by Presley for a decade. The singer bought it in 1957 from the Ellis auditorium in Memphis, where it had been played by visiting gospel performers for more than 20 years.

The piano was placed in Graceland's music room until 1969.

Doug Norwine, director of music & entertainment at Heritage Auctions, said the piano was "an emotionally charged prized possession of the King himself."

The singer's personal services contract with RCA Records -- signed by Presley, his father and his manager, "Colonel" Tom Parker -- is expected to fetch more than $150,000.

Norwine said the contract marked the transformation of Presley from a popular Southern act on the Sun Records label to an international superstar.

The 1957 purchase agreement for Graceland is expected to bring $35,000, and Presley's four-page handwritten letter to sweetheart Anita Wood in 1958 has an estimate of $75,000.

Other items include Presley's personal address and phone book, a pair of custom gold-framed sunglasses and his gun.

source: Washington Post
date: July 27, 2010

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