ELVIS PRESLEY’S GOLD FILLED TOOTH, HIS FATHER’S PRISON CELL LOCK AND A RARE LETTER FROM HIS COUSIN
KRUSE GWS AUCTIONS – DECEMBER 4, 2021 - 10AM PDT
Highlights Also Include Other Iconic Memorabilia including Sir Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, Eddie Van Halen, Pink and more
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – (November 17, 2021) – Kruse GWS Auctions, the world-record breaking auction house specializing in entertainment memorabilia, fine jewelry, master timepieces and Royal artifacts has announced its upcoming “Artifacts of Hollywood & Music” auction to take place Saturday, Dec. 4th, 2021 beginning at 10:00 a.m. PST.
From rarity to oddity and the unexpected, the entertainment auction will offer one of the most intriguing items to ever hit the auction block – Elvis Presley’s gold filled dental crown. Originally gifted to Jimmy Velvet from Elvis’ fiancée Linda Thompson, the crown has been in a private collection since 1996 after it was purchased from the Elvis Presley Museum. The rare but strange item from the King could be titled the auction’s “crowning achievement.”
As a sought after expert on everything Elvis Presley, Brigitte Kruse, founder and lead auctioneer of Kruse GWS Auctions has also be entrusted in the sale of a very rare and personal letter from Elvis Presley’s cousin Patsy Presley of whom he was quite close. The letter, which has never been made public before, was written to Patsy from Elvis while he was stationed in Germany and reveals many personal and emotional thoughts.
The letter which is two pages is handwritten by Elvis himself and includes the envelope that it was originally mailed in. The letter is dated 1958 and signed by Elvis Presley. The letter gives fans an insight into the vulnerable and emotional side of the King.
One of the constants in Elvis’ life was his father Vernon Presley. Famously known as his father and manager, many didn’t know he also spent time in prison earlier in his life. Among the colorful pieces of Elvis Presley memorabilia in the auction is a Parchman Prison Penitentiary Jail Cell Lock (circa 1938) from when Vernon Presley was sentenced for his part in altering a $4 check. In May of 1938, Vernon along with two others were sentenced to three years in the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. On May 25, 1938, Vernon was released with a six month suspension granted on condition of his continued good behavior. The lock is a rare artifact from the Presley family history and is 16” long accompanied by copies of photographs of Vernon’s mug shot. One cannot help but think of Presley’s famous “Jailhouse Rock” when reading the details of Vernon’s time spent in prison.
As the iconic lead singer of the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant single-handedly created the rock god persona. From his long blonde hair and bare chest and his on-stage movements, Plant is one of one of music’s most famous artists of all time. Featured in the Artifacts of Hollywood & Music auction is an extraordinary guitar signed by Robert Plant from the book 800 Shades of Elvis by Priscilla Presley and famed celebrity photographer Christopher Ameruoso. What makes the guitar even more unique is that Plant actually played it and has since racked up over 2.5 million views on the YouTube video documenting the lead singer’s playing. The Taylor 110-GB Acoustic Guitar features a stunning Elvis portrait by famous artist Jason Orberly. The guitar comes with video of Plant playing it.
Other outstanding highlights include a rare X-ray copy used for the 1969 John Lennon record cover “Cold Turkey” bearing his name; an original brick from the Cavern Club in Liverpool where the Beatles played 300 times; a Leroy Neiman hand signed offset lithograph of “The Presidents Birthday Party” depicting the famous 1962 event featuring Marilyn Monroe; a clipping of Paul McCartney’s hair; HRH Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip signed order of the British empire with original signatures; Pink’s pink microphone used in her photoshoot with her beloved Elvis the Bulldog who was gifted to her by none other than her good friend Lisa Marie; an Elvis Presley ARMY pressed single of Love Me Tender only sold in US Army military shops in Germany for soldiers (1958-59); a Ron Croci book of original production sketches from “Cinderella;” Unused ticket from the Cumberland County Memorial Arena Elvis Presley concert dated August 25, 1977 and a personal Christmas letter from Priscilla Presley dated December 13, 1996 and much more.
“Kruse GWS Auctions is thrilled to close out our year with an auction that features some of the world’s most iconic items from the world of Hollywood and Music. Elvis Presley is alwaysthe star at our celebrity auctions and this time the offerings are not only rare but unique in their oddity. From Elvis’ gold filled crown to a handwritten letter to his cousin Patsy Presley, the Presley memorabilia gives a rare insight into Elvis’ family life. Other unique items include a guitar actually played by the lead singer Robert Plant of the legendary band Led Zeppelin with a unique connection to Elvis Presley and more items from The Beatles, Marilyn Monroe, Pink, Frank Sinatra and even HRH Queen Elizabeth and her beloved late husband Prince Philip. We hope you enjoy the Artifacts of Hollywood & Music auction as much as we have enjoyed curating this massive collection. – Dame Brigitte Kruse, founder and lead auctioneer, Kruse GWS Auctions.
The Artifacts of Hollywood & Music Auction on Saturday, December 4, 2021 will mark the last celebrity memorabilia auction for Kruse GWS Auctions in 2021. To register to bid please visit www.bid.gwsauctions.com
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ABOUT KRUSE GWS AUCTIONS, INC.
Kruse GWS Auctions is the world-record breaking auction house specializing in Hollywood Memorabilia, Fine Jewelry, Master Timepieces, Royal Artifacts, Luxury Vehicles, Antiques and Collectibles. Founder Dame Brigitte Kruse is the first auctioneer to be knighted by a Royal Family, the first female auctioneer to set a Guinness World Record and is a member of the Forbes Los Angeles Business Council. Fifth generation auctioneer Brigitte Kruse recently co-founded iSynergy Network, a group of innovative industry leaders providing a platform and solutions for top 1% earning entrepreneurs within a network of professionals across interconnected industries “for the betterment of all.” The global auction house has been featured around the world for sales of such notable items as Elvis Presley’s personal jet, Marilyn Monroe’s famous black dress, Marlon Brando’s historic Rolex watch, Italian Renaissance philosopher Machiavelli’s estate in Florence, Italy and the 14th century celadon bowl owned by the last Empress of Vietnam. www.gwsauctions.com
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