Top 5 - Elvis Presley's most fascinating memorabilia
The King has always been a collector's favourite, so here's our Top 5 most fascinating items ever sold
Paul Fraser Collectibles, Wednesday 9 May 2012
5) Prescription Bottle
This prescription for 50mg of Benadryl was prescribed to the King on the day before he died. It was given to him by his personal physician, Dr Nichopoulos, aka Dr Nick, in order to treat his allergies.
Drug use has always been a cause of controversy when it comes to Elvis' death, with one source reporting over 14 drugs in his system, 10 of those in large quantities, when he died. The empty bottle sold at auction for $7,000, along with a range of other drugs prescribed to Elvis.
4) Gold Exercise Bike
Elvis' weight was always a concern and the constant press attention it received is likely the cause of his reported addiction to prescription drugs. It is rumoured that Elvis started taking weight loss pills when he joined the army and never quite kicked the habit.
This exercise bike hails from Elvis' more earnest attempts at weight loss. The odometer shows 69 miles, proving that the King put in a fair amount of effort to reduce his portly figure. The bike sold for $12,000 in 2008, along with a certificate of authenticity from Graceland.
3) Sweat stained suit
Elvis' rather rotund frame may not have affected his energetic live performances, but it's no surprise that he shed a drop or two of sweat.
This sweat stained suit was worn by Presley on his 1975 live tour. Bidders jumped at the chance to get a whiff of the King, when it made $105,000 in 2006.
2) The King's personal jet
Elvis Presley owned many jets during his career. Not one to shy away from the lavish lifestyle he found himself living, Elvis was frequently pictured in the many airplanes that he had bought. This iconic suit from the King had to top Paul Fraser Collectibles' list, as it perfectly captures the popular image of Elvis that is cemented in the minds of the public. Paul Fraser Collectibles has a great range of memorabilia for collectors, including this signed Elvis Presley photograph from his army days. Our sister company, PFC Auctions has also just opened bidding on this guitar and amplifier owned by the King.
The most famous of his jets, the Lisa-Marie, remains one of the most popular attractions at the Graceland museum. This one, a 1962 Lockheed Jetstar JT 12-5, was famously placed at the centre of an FBI case after suspicions were raised that Elvis may have been conned out of money for the refurbishment and leasing of the plane. It was sold for $700,000 in 2008.
1) Iconic nail studded jumpsuit
It was worn on the 1973-1974 tour and apparently there were actually two made. One features tiger stone inlays, whereas in the later version they were removed and replaced with mirrors, supposedly to make the suit lighter for Presley's stage performances. The mirrored version of the nail suit sold for $175,000 in 2006.
This iconic suit from the King had to top Paul Fraser Collectibles' list, as it perfectly captures the popular image of Elvis that is cemented in the minds of the public.
Paul Fraser Collectibles has a great range of memorabilia for collectors, including this signed Elvis Presley photograph from his army days. Our sister company, PFC Auctions has also just opened bidding on this guitar and amplifier owned by the King.
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