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Circa 1959 Elvis Presley Signed Photo

Starting Bid - $500, Sold For - $940

Original photograph of Elvis Presley in full military uniform posing with his entire unit at an unidentified Army base, signed by Presley in the upper left corner. Presley is pictured standing in the back row, third from the left. Although this photo dates from the three-year period 1958-1960, it was obviously signed by Presley after he was discharged from the service based upon his inscription, which reads "Nice reminder of my days in the service/Thank You/Elvis Presley." Both the text and Presley's signature grade "5" overall. Presley was inducted into the U.S. Army on March 24, 1958, and after completing his basic training at Fort Hood he was assigned to the 3rd Armored Division in Friedberg, Germany. It was during his time in Germany that he first met fourteen-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu, whom he later married after a nearly eight-year courtship. Presley was honorable discharged from the Army on March 5, 1960, thereby officially ending his military career, much to the delight of his millions of fans. This is the first signed photo of Elvis that we have ever offered relating to his brief time in the service. Presley-signed photos are rare and this is a particularly interesting and unusual one. The image itself is by definition a military production. It appears to be extraordinarily rare and may very well have been produced exclusively for distribution only to those featured in the photo. This is consistent with the fact that after much looking we have been unable to locate this image anywhere else. We even checked with world-renowned Elvis Presley expert Rich Consola, who had never before seen this photo, and who went to the trouble for us of checking U.S. army yearbooks in his library just to be sure he had not missed it. The photo (11.5 x 7.75 inches) displays light crazing along the entire surface as well as edge tears along the perimeter, a few of which resulted in small amounts of paper loss (all along the right side, and all of which could easily be matted out). In Very Good condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $940

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