Lot 12: Elvis Presley Signed Army Photograph
Auction Date:6/26/2005 9:00 PM EST
The most famous GI the U.S. Army has ever had was Elvis Aron Presley, whose absence caused hysteria among his fans. Drafted into the service in March 1958, Elvis took his duty seriously, working his way to the rank of sergeant while stationed in Germany (not to mention meeting 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu). His fondness for the experience is conveyed in this extraordinarily rare photo of Sgt. Presley posing with the other non-coms on his base, with a serious-looking Elvis in his crisp uniform and hat 3rd from left in the back row. Elvis signed the photo on the upper left corner with the humble inscription, "Nice reminder of my days in the service. Thank you, Elvis Presley" in blue pen. The photo was the possession of Elvis' Commanding Officer, and is undoubtedly a unique presentation piece.Writing has faded a bit but the signature is a solid 7/10. Nicely sepia toned 8 x 11 1/2 photo is missing pieces on the right border. This photo could be easily be trimmed, on the right side, improving the condition exponentially.
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