Elvis Presley’s memorabilia sale marks the legend’s 35th death anniversary
No artist’s death was as big a story as the death 35 years ago of Elvis Presley of a heart attack at Graceland, his mansion in Memphis, Tenn. Elvis Presley may be the single most important figure in American 20th century popular music. Elvis Presley didn’t invent rock n’ roll, but he was its most important figure and primary symbol,” then-Times’ critic Bob Hilburn wrote in an appreciation. “His music was wild, defiant, challenging, adventurous. His long hair, sideburns, loud clothes and uncompromising manner offered a symbol for teen-agers desiring to state their own identity.
It becomes apparent from the multi-thousand fans flocking to a candlelight vigil at Elvis Presley’s mansion to mark his 35th death anniversary and with the sale of a pair of Elvis Presley’s Tiger Man’ sunglasses that were sold as top lot in Heritage Auctions’ dedicated sale on August 14th in Memphis for $22,000. Also, we have earlier seen the endless number of Elvis Presley memorabilia on sale, including Presley’s 24-carat gold piano, the Elvis Presley Mercedes-Benz, Presley’s crypt dubbed as weird celebrity memorabilia, to a lock of his hairs, which remains one of the most bizarre celebrity collectibles till date, to name a few.
Elvis Presley wore these sunglasses onstage during three shows in 1974, which includes his performances at the Hilton in Las Vegas, Indianapolis and Dayton, Ohio. Soaring above their estimated sales price of $16,000+, the ‘Tiger man’ sunglasses got sold for $22,000, achieving an impressive 37% increase.