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Elvis Presley’s Revolvers Up For Auction

  • ROCK ISLAND, Ill – Two of Elvis Presley’s lavish revolvers will be available in a May firearms auction hosted by Rock Island Auction Company. They are accompanied by several items personally owned by the legendary performer such as a diamond and ruby studded Shelby County sheriff’s badge, the Elvis-signed contract to purchase Graceland, and numerous personal files also signed by Presley. The King himself purchased the revolvers in 1970 from a Beverly Hills sporting goods store before sending them to Germany to be elaborately decorated. One was presented to Vice President Spiro Agnew as a gift but was returned a short time later while Agnew was being investigated for corruption.

  • “We are thrilled to offer the memorabilia of an American rock and roll icon,” said RIAC President Kevin Hogan. “These revolvers are beautiful enough on their own to bring a great price, but when you add the iron-clad Elvis provenance things really get exciting. Authentic Elvis items can bring tremendous buzz and high totals at auction, so we’re anticipating a lot of action when these cross the block.” The pre-auction estimate for one revolver seen being held by Elvis in a period photograph is $160,000 - 275,000.

  • Rock Island Auction Company is no stranger to extraordinary firearms owned by historical figures, having sold a rifle owned by President John F. Kennedy for $149,500 and a Winchester rifle presented by Buffalo Bill Cody for $345,000. The sale will also feature investment grade antique collectible firearms, luxurious sporting guns, and nearly 100 machine guns. It will take place May 5 – 7 at the Rock Island Auction facility and will be open to the public.For more information, please visit www.rockislandauction.com or call 1-800-238-8022.