Lot 1: Elvis Presley Hand Embroidered Native American Shirt
Auction Date:6/26/2005 9:00 PM EST
Elvis' fascination with Native American culture began in the city of his birth, Tupelo, Mississippi, where the Chickawsaw Indian tribe flourished in pre-Colonial America and the site of a bloody battle in the French and Indian War. Those roots obviously struck a romantic chord deep inside him. In his 1960 flick "Flaming Star," he played the half-breed son of a white rancher in Texas and his Kiowan wife who tries to act as a peacemaker between the warring cultures. Later, in the '70s, obsessed with Southeastern and Native American clothing, rhinestone-embellished overshirts comprised his concert "suits" -- such as the Inca Gold Leaf, Brown Flower, Apache, Mexican Sundial, Red Eagle, Navajo Feather, etc. However, the delicately hand-embroidered Native American shirt offered here is one of the most impressive shirts The King wore on or off the stage. Eschewing tons of rhinestones for delicate and intricate embroidery, the shirt is dominated by the simple and riveting stitched figures of Indian chiefs in war paint and full headdress on the front, 2 on the front, 1 on each sleeve and a massive one that takes up the entire back. Other Southwest-oriented rock and symbol designs appear throughout the adobe-brown, bursting with snakelike slashes of beautiful bright colors like red, blue, black, gold and brown and is trimmed around the collars, sleeves, cuffs and down the red-snap front in red, blue and turquoise. Tag at the rear of the neck is from "Suzy Cream Cheese Loves You! Sunnyvale, Las Vegas." No size indicated, as it was custom made for The King. The piece de resistance in authenticity for Elvis fans are the tell-tale perspiration stains -- making this fabulous shirt the ultimate in Elvis-worn memorabilia.
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