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Pair of Full Tickets From the 1973 Elvis Presley "Aloha from Hawaii" Concert with Original Receipt!

Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,700

Pair of rare full tickets to the historic Elvis Presley "Aloha From Hawaii" concert held at the Honolulu International Center Arena on January 14, 1973. This concert was broadcast live via satellite to over forty different countries and was watched by an estimated 1.5 billion people. At the time, it was the most expensive entertainment special ever produced, costing $2.5 million. What made this concert even more unique was that there was no admission price for the tickets to the show. Since all ticket proceeds were to be donated to the Kui Lee Cancer Fund, anyone buying tickets was simply asked to make a donation to the fund, in whatever amount he or she could afford. For that reason, no price amount appears on any of the tickets issued for the concert. Even without a set price, fans were generous in their donations and ticket and merchandise sales raised over $75,000 for the Kui Lee Cancer Fund. The two offered full tickets are for seats in Section P, Row 8, seats 3 and 4. Each ticket features a portrait image of both Elvis Presley and Kui Lee. (Kui Lee was a popular Hawaiian singer/songwriter who died of cancer at the age of thirty-four in 1966.) As noted in print on the ticket, the event took place at 1:00 A.M., which might explain why these two tickets went unused. Ideally, the tickets are accompanied by their original receipt, in the amount of $10, issued by the "HIC Box Office." These tickets have always been highly prized by Elvis collectors, both for the historic significance of the concert and because they are one of the few Elvis concert tickets ever issued that feature his image. These are the first two examples of this rare ticket we have ever handled and we cannot recall having seen more than just a few others at auction over the years. Both tickets (6 x 3.25 inches) display a staple hole in the upper left corner (the tickets were originally stapled together with the receipt), a light staple impression in the lower center of the ticket; and a few light surface wrinkles. In Excellent condition overall. The receipt (7 x 3 inches) displays a staple hole and corresponding tear in the upper left corner and is otherwise in Excellent to Mint condition. Total: 3 items (2 full tickets and receipt).

Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $2,700

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