The paint-damaged item is expected to fetch £25,000...

ELVIS PRESLEY’s US army jacket is expected to fetch up to £25,000 when it goes under the hammer at a LONDON auction this morning (November 8).

The coat, worn once by Presley on his arrival in Germany in 1958, is the prize catch in a collection of pop and rock memorabilia due to be sold by the Bonham and Brooks auction house.

The jacket is distinctive because it had been damaged by paint. At a press conference to mark his arrival for military service Presley leaned against a freshly painted window frame, covering his arm. He was given a new coat and one of the painting crew kept the original as a souvenir.


Also up for grabs amongst several Beatles pieces is previously unseen colour footage of the Fab Four filming ‘Help!’ on Salisbury Plain in May 1965. The reel, discovered by chance when the owner, a tourist at nearby Stonehenge on the day, was converting original cine film to video, is expected to fetch up to £2,000.

A selection of Jimi Hendrix guitars, original concert posters promoting The Who, Cream and The Yardbirds and some James Brown memorabilia is also included amongst more than 500 items.