Auction ended on October 14th, 2009 UTC

124: Elvis Guitar, Amp Lead and Army collection

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Elvis Guitar, Amp Lead and Army collection. An amazing collection of Elvis Presley items from his army period includes the golden guitar seen clearly on a number of photographs as Elvis plays piano for friends. During this period Elvis would relax at friends and family's houses and would listen to and play music. There are many documented photographs of Elvis playing pianos, guitars and accordians during his army years. The guitar in question is an Alden Solid body copper/bronze finish guitar produced circa 1958 derived from the Harmony H44 Stratatone, the Alden has a distinctive "A" emblem on the headstock. The guitar comes with it's original Valve amplifier and lead and can be seen quite clearly with Elvis in a number of photographs. It is likely that the guitar was given to Captain Betts, Elvis' CO as it is accompanied by personal unpublished photographs and a newspaper article relating to Elvis's visits to Captain Bett's home in Germany. The photographs include Five candid slides of Elvis relaxing and playing piano along with six b/w 8x10 photographs of Elvis posing and helping to erect a war memorial in Germany. 2 of the photographs bear a stamp instructing that the photos are for private use only and must not be published. With a signed letter of authentication from The Walt Disney Attractions Merchandise and a photograph showing Elvis with the guitar in his military uniform in Germany.

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