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Monday, July 21, 2014

The King of Rock and Rollers: Elvis's Rolls-Royce Phantom' which he had to paint silver so his mother's chickens would stop pecking at it

 

 

 

 

   

June 27, 1968, Burbank, Elvis PresleyThe King of Rock and Rollers: Elvis's Rolls-Royce Phantom' which he had to paint silver so his mother's chickens would stop pecking at it, to sell for $300,000

     
  • King of Rock's old limousine will go under the hammer during a Bonhams auction in California next month
  • Icon bought the luxury car in 1963 and had it sent to coachbuilder James Young who fitted it with new accessories
  • Memphis's most famous son held on to the car for five years before donating it to charity, where it sold for $35,000
  • Elvis was a renowned car fan - owning a number of Cadillacs, Jaguars and a BMW 

A prized possession of one music's biggest petrolheads, Elvis Presley, is set to fetch up to $300,000 at auction next month.

Elvis bought the Rolls-Royce Phantom V brand new in 1963 and had it custom-fitted with the latest gadgets including a telephone, electric windows and a microphone. 

 

     

Young Elvis: The King performing for StageShow in March 1956 photographed by Alfred Wertheimer who was commissioned to take publicity shots of the then unknown new starThe car was initially midnight blue, but he was forced to have it re-painted a lighter silver because his mother's chickens would repeatedly peck at their reflections when he visited her.

Rock and rolls: Elvis's 1963 Royals Royce Phantom will go under the hammer next month and is expected to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000

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Rock and rolls: Elvis's 1963 Royals Royce Phantom will go under the hammer next month and is expected to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000

Luxurious: He bought the car in 1963 and sent it to a coach builder to have it equipped with the latest gadgets. The car was initially midnight blue, but he was forced to repaint it light silver because his mother's chickens kept pecking at it

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Luxurious: He bought the car in 1963 and sent it to a coach builder to have it equipped with the latest gadgets. The car was initially midnight blue, but he was forced to repaint it light silver because his mother's chickens kept pecking at it

Quick fix: Elvis was renowned for his love of cars, especially Rolls Royces. He is pictured here with another Phantom he bought in 1961 outside his Graceland mansion 

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Elvis was renowned for his love of cars, especially Rolls Royces. He is pictured here with another Phantom he bought in 1961 outside his Graceland mansion 

When his new purchase arrived, he sent it to Britain where coachbuilder James Young installed the newest gadgets including a Blaupunkt Koln radio, parking and flashing lights and air conditioning.

The car will go under the hammer next month at a Bonhams sale in The Quail, California and is expected to sell for between $200,000 and $300,000.

The centre rear armrest featured a writing pad, mirror and clothes brush while a fitted cabinet contained cut glass decanters and crystal glasses.

Under the bonnet was a 6.2-litre, V8 engine which gave the 2.6-ton car 200bhp and a top speed 

of around 100mph.

Elvis, then a 28-year-old global sensation, had the 20-foot long car shipped out to his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles, where he entertained the likes of The Beatles. Memphis's most famous son held on to the Rolls-Royce for five years before donating it to charity, where it sold for $35,000 (£20,500).

It then disappeared for the next 20 years until it was bought by its current owner at a memorabilia auction in London.

They have kept it in a private museum and used it sparingly, with the car regularly maintained by English Rolls-Royce restorers Frank Dale and Stepsons.

Bonhams yesterday described the Rolls-Royce as 'one of the more significant Phantom V's to have come up for sale in recent years'.

The auction house added: 'It is a most interesting model of this highly desirable motorcar complete with undisputed Elvis provenance

'It is offered with copy of its original chassis card confirming the original owner as well as his exacting specifications.

'This important and significant Rolls-Royce Phantom V, with its undisputed place in pop culture history, will surely be jewel in the crown for any Elvis collector.'

Grey interior: Memphis's most famous son held on to the Rolls-Royce for five years before donating it to charity, where it sold for $35,000.

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Steering wheel: After the car was given a makeover, with new seating and radio put in place, it was shipped to his home in Bel Air, Los Angeles 

Grey interior: Memphis's most famous son held on to the Rolls-Royce for five years before donating it to charity, where it sold for $35,000.

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Grey interior: Memphis's most famous son held on to the Rolls-Royce for five years before donating it to charity, where it sold for $35,000.

Innovative: Elvis had the car fitted with all the latest gadgets of the time including a telephone, electric windows and air conditioning 

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Innovative: Elvis had the car fitted with all the latest gadgets of the time including a telephone, electric windows and air conditioning 

Proof: The car comes with its original documents. The form states that the owner is 'Elvis Presley' and the coach builder who designed the interior is Briton, James Young

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Proof: The car comes with its original documents. The form states that the owner is 'Elvis Presley' and the coach builder who designed the interior is Briton, James Young

 

 

 

Before he was the King: Intimate pictures of Elvis aged just 21 and on the verge of changing rock 'n' roll forever .
New book of photographs show behind-the-scenes moments of a young Elvis Presley at the start of his career in 1956 . Collection includes iconic photograph of Elvis and a young female fan's tender backstage moment, known as 'The Kiss'. Rarely-seen pictures of a 21-year-old Elvis Presley in the beginning of his career show all stars start somewhere, even the King of rock 'n' roll. Taken by photographer Alfred Wertheimer during Elvis' time on the road in 1956, the snaps show that despite his tender years, he already had his legendary movements and Brylcreem hairdo figured out. Mr Wertheimer, now 83, caught the would-be King's more intimate moments as he records his music, perform on tour and sneak a kiss with a young fan backstage.
 
A star is born: A 21-year-old Elvis 'kiss' young fan Barbara Gray just before going on stage at the the Mosque Theatre Richmond, Virginia in June 1956

A star is born: A 21-year-old Elvis 'kiss' young fan Barbara Gray just before going on stage at the the Mosque Theatre Richmond, Virginia in June 1956

Taken shortly after the legend had been signed by record company RCA Victor, some of the black and white snaps for the new book include a 21-year-old Elvis and a young fan sharing a tender moment just before he goes on stage. The famous photograph - known as 'The Kiss' - was taken without Elvis' or the young woman's knowledge and had become one of the most iconic of the King in his early years.The fresh-faced singer actually touches the blonde girl's tongue with his in the spontaneous moment. 'I never bothered to ask her name,' German-born Wertheimer said in a Vanity Fair interview about 'The Kiss' in 2011. 'And she never bothered to tell me.' In fact the buxom blonde is Barbara Gray, or Bobbi Owens as she was known back them , a young woman to whom Elvis had spoken to over the phone and had arranged to meet in Richmond.

 

Young Elvis: The King performing for StageShow in March 1956 photographed by Alfred Wertheimer who was commissioned to take publicity shots of the, then unknown, new star

Making history: Elvis already had his signature moved down to a T when he performed at the age of 21 on stage at the the Mosque Theatre Richmond, Virginia in June 1956

Making history: Elvis already had his signature moved down to a T when he performed at the age of 21 on stage at the the Mosque Theatre Richmond, Virginia in June 1956

Early days of stardom: Elvis Presley in an undated photograph, probably May 1956, slouched on a stairwell in Memphis, Tennnessee (not featured in the book)

Early days of stardom: Elvis Presley in an undated photograph, probably May 1956, slouched on a stairwell in Memphis, Tennnessee (not featured in the book)

Love me tender: Rare colour shot of Elvis recording 'Dont Be Cruel' at RCA 's Victor studio's on July 2nd 1956, from the new book revealing images from the very earliest days of the King of Rockn'Roll as his legend was born
This is Elvis Presley's debut album released in 1956 to unanimous acclaim one of the pionering albums in music, not only did it launch the career of The King of Rock, it rightfuly gave him that name by launching Rock and Roll to mainstream audiences and changing the course of music forever. Love me tender: Rare colour shot of Elvis recording 'Dont Be Cruel' at RCA 's Victor studio's on July 2nd 1956, from the new book revealing images from the very earliest days of the King of Rockn'Roll as his legend was born

When they met in person, they spent the day together, and Mr Wertheimer captured it all,  photographing them flirting and being playful in the back seat of the taxi. Later that day, Mr Wertheimer grew concerned when he found he had lost Elvis subject just before the show was about to start. As he walked around the theatre looking for him, he saw two figures at the end of a dark, narrow hallway - the future rock star, and his date for the day. He thought about letting the two have their private moment, but then thought better of it, saying 'the worst that can happen is that he’ll ask me to leave.' Speaking in 2011, Mr Wertheimer said he was never asked about all the pictures he took that day until 19 years later, when Elvis was found dead in his Graceland mansion. He told the Today Show: 'The day he died, Time magazine called me and asked me to bring all my photos over immediately.'
Among those photos was 'The Kiss.' Despite the closeness evident in the photos, Mrs Gray, 75, said she didn't have as much attraction to the singer as he did for her, and she never saw him again. 'Maybe he had sparks, but I never even knew who he was.' Another image taken a few minutes later shows Elvis on stage, kneeling down on his left knee while singing into the microphone as he wows the audience who had never seen or heard anything like it before. Another photo taken on March 17, 1956 - about two months after he was signed - is of Elvis performing for American TV's Stage Show. In it, he is depicted holding an acoustic guitar while singing into the microphone and displaying his famous lip-curl. Over 400 photos, many of which have never been seen before, are being published in the new book entitled 'Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll' which has been produced by London-based Taschen. A spokesman for the publishers, said: ‘Alfred worked with Elvis on his very first tour before his fame took off and tighter controls were put on images of him. ‘Alfred had unprecedented and unlimited access to Elvis and was able to get so many candid shots. ‘Some of the photos are well known but others haven't been seen before. ‘We have wanted to work with Alfred for some time now. We have used his original negatives and made them as high resolution as possible for the book.’ Elvis Presley died on August 16, 1977, from a heart attack after battling prescription drug abuse. His abrupt death at the age of 42 shocked legions of fans still mesmerised today by his singing, sex appeal and on-stage charisma.

Suspicious mind: It was only early days for Elvis when he was photographed on a chair backstage in August 3 (not featured in the book)

Suspicious mind: It was only early days for Elvis when he was photographed on a chair backstage in August 3 (not featured in the book)

A legend was born: Elvis sings onstage during his first tour, summer 1956, with his signature leather overlay on his acoustic guitar

A legend was born: Elvis sings onstage during his first tour, summer 1956, with his signature leather overlay on his acoustic guitar (not featured in the book)

All shook up: Pictured a month before recording his second album, Elvis Presley performed several shows in Miami in August, 1956 (not featured in the book)

All shook up: Pictured a month before recording his second album, Elvis Presley performed several shows in Miami in August, 1956, in front of ecstatic screaming female fans.

Sgt. Elvis Presley leaves the house he and his family occupied in Bad Nauheim, Germany, March 1960.

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RETURN OF THE KING: WHEN ELVIS LEFT THE ARMY. Not originally published in LIFE. Sgt. Elvis Presley at a press conference before leaving Germany, March 1960.

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