ELVIS PRESLEY’s US army jacket, up for auction in London yesterday (November 8), couldn’t find a buyer.
The coat, worn once by Presley on his arrival in Germany in 1958 as reported yesterday on NME.COM, was expected to fetch up to £25,000. However it was withdrawn when it failed to meet the £15,000 reserve.
However the enduring appeal of The Beatles continued to show when several items associated with the Fab Four went for higher than expected prices. While none of them came close to the £1.5million that George Michael paid for the piano on which John Lennon wrote ‘Imagine’, an original individually numbered copy of ‘The White Album’ (Number 6), sold for £3,200. Previously unseen colour footage of the band filming Help! on Salisbury Plain in May 1965 went for just over £1,800. The reel was discovered by chance when the owner, a tourist at nearby Stonehenge on the day, was converting original cine film to video. A spokesperson for the auction house Bonham and Brooks told NME.COM the items were bought by private collectors.
There was some good news for Elvis obsessives. Two painted plaster dogs (a British bulldog and a border collie), won by the King at a fairground coconut shy in the 1950’s were snapped up for £230.