Elvis Presley‘s electric guitar is heading to auction during Graceland’s Elvis Presley Week. Presley used the guitar during rehearsals for his 1968 Elvis Special.
Along with the guitar, other personal possessions will be heading to the auction. These include Presley’s birth record, a black and gold outfit he performed in, an Indian ring, and a TCB necklace.
The guitar was given by Presley to Nancy Rooks and features a cherry sunburst finish with mother-of-pearl inlays in the fretboard. It also includes a modern Gibson hard-shell black case. According to Entertainment Weekly, the guitar has an estimated value of $30,000 (around £23,000) but bids are reportedly starting at $10,000 (around £7,600). The auction opens on August 13.
Elvis Presley’s estate filed a lawsuit against a Las Vegas casino-hotel earlier this year. It claimed that the hotel is holding artefacts and memorabilia involving the King as part of a leasing dispute.
The estate and business group Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc. is trying to retrieve hundreds of items it loaned to the ‘Graceland Presents Elvis’ attraction at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino, a venue which is based off of the main drag-strip of casinos in the Californian city.
According to Billboard, the estate filed the lawsuit on Monday in Clark County District Court seeking to retrieve stage outfits, jewellery, letters and a high school yearbook. Other artefacts have reportedly spanned the career, home and wedding of ‘The King’.