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.