Over four hours of concert footage to go under the hammer this month
Video and audio footage of Elvis Presley‘s final performance is to be sold at an auction later this month.
Billboard reports that concert footage of Elvis performing before his death in August 1977 will go under the hammer at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar. The lot comprises four-and-a-half hours of footage and 27 songs, as well as dressing room footage of the singer backstage with his father, Vernon Presley, and his girlfriend Ginger Alden.
Alanna Nash, who wrote the Presley books The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story Of Colonel Tom Parker And Elvis Presley, Elvis And The Memphis Mafia and Baby, Let’s Play House: Elvis Presley And The Women Who Loved Him, said: “It was shot on Elvis’ final tour for a one-hour CBS-TV special, Elvis in Concert.
“The special, which aired two months after Presley’s death in August 1977, was immediately controversial, mostly for the ethics of shining the spotlight on a man so shaky and obviously ill, whose performances ranged wildly from embarrassing and sad to brilliant and triumphant,” she added. “Elvis Presley Enterprises chose not to release it on home video, though footage has been available on bootlegs for years.”
Other Elvis-related memorabilia for sale at the auction will include his 1972 Cadillac car, induction and discharge papers chronicling his sting in the army from 1958-60, and various rare autographs and photographs.
Recent highly prized rock artefacts at auctions have included a guitar owned by Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, which fetched over £25,000, and the handwritten lyrics to David Bowie’s classic track ‘The Jean Genie’, which were sold for £18,750. A lock of Rolling Stones’ singer Mick Jagger’s hair, meanwhile, was purchased for £4,000.