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Elvis Presley's stage jumpsuit sets new auction record

Elvis Presley wore the jumpsuit onstage during the mid-1970s

A 1970s jumpsuit has become the most valuable piece of Elvis Presley's stage wear ever sold.

It made a record $325,000 in the sixth Auction at Graceland on October 29.

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Elvis wore the Aqua Blue Vine jumpsuit onstage in the mid 1970s

That's 8.3% higher than the previous record, set at $300,000 in 2008 for his iconic peacock jumpsuit.

It's now the second most valuable piece of Elvis memorabilia ever sold, after his gold piano auctioned for $600,000 last year.  

The typically flamboyant outfit is known as the Aqua Blue Vine suit and was in regular rotation in Elvis' live show between 1973 and 1974.

It was designed by Bill Belew and Gene Doucette - who created the bell bottomed, vampire-collared costumes Elvis wore in the 1970s.

Very few are in private hands - the majority are owned by the Graceland Archive.

The suit last sold on eBay in the early 2000s for around the $200,000 mark. Its value has risen by over 50% in the past 10 years.

A set of Elvis' fingerprints on his 1970 application for a concealed weapon permit (filed by the Beverly Hills Police Department) made $30,000.

Elvis was only in the area for a couple of days but was concerned about his security and wanted a gun on him at all times.

A letter of provenance from the son of the officer who filled out the form accompanies the lot: "As he walked Elvis to the fingerprint room, my father asked him why he felt he needed to carry a concealed weapon.

"Elvis told him there had been threats on his life and that sometimes when he was on stage with the house lights blinding his eyes, he would feel particularly vulnerable."

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Images: Auction at Graceland

Last updated: 2 November 2016