Jun 20, 2024 10:00 EST

Stage & Screen

 
Lot 537
 

537

An extremely rare 1961 concert set list and autograph letter from The King

ELVIS PRESLEY

Manuscript set list and autograph letter signed. Elvis Presley's handwritten setlist for the Pearl Harbor Benefit in Hawaii on March 25th, 1961. The set list is written on a sheet of Hilton Hawaiian Village stationery, with 15 songs numbered and titled in Elvis' hand; on the verso is a scarce autograph letter signed in full "Elvis Presley," about 26 lines in blue ink written to "Gary," this being Elvis' friend and Memphis fan club president Gary Pepper. 10 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches (26.5 x 18.5 cm). Usual folds and minor handling creases, accompanied by a Letter of Authenticity from Gotta Have Rock and Roll.

Autograph letters from Elvis are of great rarity. This letter was written to Gary Pepper, Elvis' friend and president of the Memphis-based Elvis Tankers Fan Club, shortly after Elvis performed at the Pearl Harbor Benefit for the U.S.S. Arizona on March 25th, 1961. The set list was penned on the stationery of the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki where Elvis stayed and includes fifteen songs including most of Elvis' early hits. The show opener was "Heartbreak Hotel" followed by "All Shook Up." Elvis made a notation to "introduce the band" following "Love Me," later plays "Don't Be Cruel," and closes with his famous "Hound Dog." In the letter, Elvis thanks Pepper for his telegram and notes that "The show went pretty good and it was good to be entertaining the folks again. The show was also for a good cause Gary and it was nice to be able to do my part." Elvis notes "I sang a couple of your favorites for the show. I thought you might get a kick out of having this from the show since you couldn't make it over for the show." Gary Pepper, who suffered from cerebral palsy and was wheelchair bound, had first met the Presleys when he sent clippings of the young star to Elvis' mother and later ran the largest Presley fan club in Memphis (Elvis bought Pepper a house and a car, employed his father at Graceland, and invited him to sit at the head table at his wedding to Priscilla Presley in 1966). Elvis continues the letter with a mention that he is filming in Hawaii and will finish the film, Blue Hawaii, in Hollywood in the coming weeks, and closes with "I will see you when I get back to Memphis. Your friend, Elvis Presley."

While Elvis setlists appear on the market with some regularity, autograph letters are scarce, and we trace very few at auction.

Estimate
$7,000 - $10,000
 

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ELVIS PRESLEY

Manuscript set list and autograph letter signed. Elvis Presley's handwritten setlist for the Pearl Harbor Benefit in Hawaii on March 25th, 1961. The set list is written on a sheet of Hilton Hawaiian Village stationery, with 15 songs numbered and titled in Elvis' hand; on the verso is a scarce autograph letter signed in full "Elvis Presley," about 26 lines in blue ink written to "Gary," this being Elvis' friend and Memphis fan club president Gary Pepper. 10 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches (26.5 x 18.5 cm). Usual folds and minor handling creases, accompanied by a Letter of Authenticity from Gotta Have Rock and Roll.

Autograph letters from Elvis are of great rarity. This letter was written to Gary Pepper, Elvis' friend and president of the Memphis-based Elvis Tankers Fan Club, shortly after Elvis performed at the Pearl Harbor Benefit for the U.S.S. Arizona on March 25th, 1961. The set list was penned on the stationery of the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki where Elvis stayed and includes fifteen songs including most of Elvis' early hits. The show opener was "Heartbreak Hotel" followed by "All Shook Up." Elvis made a notation to "introduce the band" following "Love Me," later plays "Don't Be Cruel," and closes with his famous "Hound Dog." In the letter, Elvis thanks Pepper for his telegram and notes that "The show went pretty good and it was good to be entertaining the folks again. The show was also for a good cause Gary and it was nice to be able to do my part." Elvis notes "I sang a couple of your favorites for the show. I thought you might get a kick out of having this from the show since you couldn't make it over for the show." Gary Pepper, who suffered from cerebral palsy and was wheelchair bound, had first met the Presleys when he sent clippings of the young star to Elvis' mother and later ran the largest Presley fan club in Memphis (Elvis bought Pepper a house and a car, employed his father at Graceland, and invited him to sit at the head table at his wedding to Priscilla Presley in 1966). Elvis continues the letter with a mention that he is filming in Hawaii and will finish the film, Blue Hawaii, in Hollywood in the coming weeks, and closes with "I will see you when I get back to Memphis. Your friend, Elvis Presley."

While Elvis setlists appear on the market with some regularity, autograph letters are scarce, and we trace very few at auction.

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Auction: Stage & Screen, Jun 20, 2024

 

  • Popular Stage & Screen Auction on Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 10am

  • Memorabilia, Autographs, Artwork & Photographs of the Theater, Hollywood, Music and Dance

  • Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted for Future Auctions

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle will host the popular Stage & Screen auction on Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 10am. Fans and collectors around the world will be delighted by the exciting offerings celebrating the performing arts of Theater, Hollywood, Music and Dance.

Highlights include:

  • The Collection of Mad Men Actor Bryan Batt (Sal Romano)
  • A rare example of the Viktor Schreckengost 'Jazz Bowl'
  • The master script for the stage direction of Pippin
  • A quotation from Over the Rainbow and a Judy Garland photo inscribed to Harold Arlen
  • Items signed by Elvis Presley and John Lennon
  • A Sandy Duncan Peter Pan costume
  • Al Hirschfeld illustrations and materials from the Harlem Renaissance
  • An early draft script of Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Early music items by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Puccini
  • Original costume designs for Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn by Edith Head

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The Collection of Stephen Sondheim
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