I Don't know if the 2005 auction of the Ginger Alden Collection
have been discussed in detail before, but since there are a lot of new members, I have posted the highlights of this auction below.
She must have been in need for cash to auction these precious memories...
Ginger currently resides in Sag Harbor and turns 51 next month..
Lot 1. Elvis Presley Hand Embroidered Native American Shirt
Elvis' fascination with Native American culture began in the city of his birth, Tupelo, Mississippi, where the Chickawsaw Indian tribe flourished in pre-Colonial America and the site of a bloody battle in the French and Indian War. Those roots obviously struck a romantic chord deep inside him. In his 1960 flick "Flaming Star," he played the half-breed son of a white rancher in Texas and his Kiowan wife who tries to act as a peacemaker between the warring cultures. Later, in the '70s, obsessed with Southeastern and Native American clothing, rhinestone-embellished overshirts comprised his concert "suits" -- such as the Inca Gold Leaf, Brown Flower, Apache, Mexican Sundial, Red Eagle, Navajo Feather, etc. However, the delicately hand-embroidered Native American shirt offered here is one of the most impressive shirts The King wore on or off the stage. Eschewing tons of rhinestones for delicate and intricate embroidery, the shirt is dominated by the simple and riveting stitched figures of Indian chiefs in war paint and full headdress on the front, 2 on the front, 1 on each sleeve and a massive one that takes up the entire back. Other Southwest-oriented rock and symbol designs appear throughout the adobe-brown, bursting with snakelike slashes of beautiful bright colors like red, blue, black, gold and brown and is trimmed around the collars, sleeves, cuffs and down the red-snap front in red, blue and turquoise. Tag at the rear of the neck is from "Suzy Cream Cheese Loves You! Sunnyvale, Las Vegas." No size indicated, as it was custom made for The King. The piece de resistance in authenticity for Elvis fans are the tell-tale perspiration stains -- making this fabulous shirt the ultimate in Elvis-worn memorabilia.
Number of Bids: 13
Final Bid: $6,904.54
Lot 2. Elvis' Leather Motorcycle Jacket with Photo Documentation
Besides wearing rhinestone-studded jumpsuits, Elvis' "uniform" of choice was what he wore indulging his childhood passion for riding motorcycles. He never lost that passion either packing his garage at Graceland with dozens of Harleys and Hondas. The mood struck by this astounding jacket, which was worn by The King and which he gave to his girlfriend Ginger Alden at Graceland in 1977 near the end of his life, can only be described as exhilarating with its colorful, hand-painted images dominated by a black hawk with its wings spread against rainbows against a silver background. The way the pattern carries over to the front of the jacket, the stylized tree-leaf motif looks a bit like the hawk's claws are reaching around from the back, and the shoulder areas are embellished with multi-colored leather pinwheels, lending a psychedlic effect that is the perfect late-'70s rock 'n' roll fashion statement. At the beginning, the King was content with your basic James Dean-style jacket such as the number he wore when he appeared on the May 1956 cover of "The Enthusiast," a hardcore motorcycle magazine, straddling a Harley KH that he had found abandoned on a dirt road (legend has it Elvis later turned down a $4 million offer for it). Later, however, he began commissioning custom-made jackets from top designers such as Mike Howard of Beverly Hills, which is today on loan by Graceland to the Phoenix Art Museum. For this jacket, Elvis went in a more rock 'n' roll direction, to East West Musical Instuments of San Francisco, the Henry Duarte of its day, making handcrafted leather clothing for rock stars and hippie types. Though Elvis' musical and cultural tastes were light years apart from Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, he too sought to be regarded as a rocker and not a Vegas lounge lizard, and evidently he was thrilled when the legendary East-West Musical Instruments Company, acting on his concept and specifications for the jacket, came back with this stunner that actually complemented the Southeast-Native American styles of his jumpsuits. The jacket has a leather strip sewn in just under the zipper on the left interior side, reading: "East West Musical Instruments Co., San Francisco, Leather Garments." Jacket comes with three enclosed photos of him wearing it (there are more, this was one of his favorites). With pride he gave it to the woman he loved, Ginger Alden. Jacket is EX-MT with no visible damage or staining, yet clearly worn as an item of great pride. The beauty of the jacket is that it bridges the early and later Elvis like few other items of the King. Exhilarating, indeed. Includes LOA from Ginger Alden. "East-West" is one of the most famous makers of rock star clothing in history. They actually promoted that they made one for Elvis (this one).
Number of Bids: 12
Final Bid: $34,522.72
Lot 3. Elvis Presley Red Caftan Robe
As suited to the King of Siam as to the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis was so taken with this flowing, floor-length red and gold Kimono Caftan robe while on his March 1977 vacation in Hawaii that he bought it and gave it to his "Anna," fiancee Ginger Alden. For Elvis, a man given to rhinestone and opal sequined jump suits with embroidered eagles, the robe was actually a refreshing change in cultural tastes, without a stone or stud in sight. The traditional island caftain has an oriental Chinese Mandarin collar, butterfly half-sleeves, thick cotton fabric on the outside and a silky soft lining on the interior. The meticulous gold-woven embroidery swirls gracefully throughout the front and back of the garment and over the toggle-style buttons down the front center (top button is missing). Approx. 53" from neckline to hemline, in beautiful but worn condition with no pilling, staining or snagging. We'd have killed to have seen Elvis sing "Jailhouse Rock" in this outfit. Caftan comes with LOA from Ginger Alden. Ginger wore a matching one different than this.
Number of Bids: 4
Final Bid: $2,662.00
Lot 4. Elvis Fire Opal & Diamond Ring
You may not want to wear it around your neck, as Elvis once sang, but landing this magnificent Australian fire opal ring will definitely tell the world The King is yours -- by heck, just as it did after Elvis gave it to his fiancee, Ginger Alden, in 1976. Like the one of a kind man who ordered it to his rigorous specifications, the 10k solid gold ring is both flashy to the eye and subtly nuanced upon closer inspection. It features a crown -- literally, as the centerpiece is crafted in the shape of kingly headwear -- fashioned with 16 glittering diamond stones arrayed around a 1/2" precious opal stone, its silica particles packed in rows and layers which, when the ring is moved, causes the diffraction (or splitting) of light, causing a diffusion of iridescent flashes of green, aqua, and sometimes yellowish or red colors -- thus the term "fire opal." One, of course, could interpret this to be a totem of Elvis himself, a man of many moods, emotions and instincts, both creatively brilliant and terribly self-destructive -- all fiery. Giving it to Ginger, one suspects, meant he trusted her enough to see all of his many facets (and perhaps to control his fire). Then, too, opals are also endemic to the Southwestern Native American culture that Elvis loved, and also showed up in the stones of his sequined onstage outfits. Maybe only Elvis could have explained the true significance of the ring to him, and all we should do is simply stare at it. The centerpiece "crown" is snugly coddled into a U-shaped design with intricate gold grilling on each side, while the two shanks are crafted into a checkerboard pattern. The best part is that the ring is in stunningly good condition, its surface smooth and pristine, the colors vibrant and deep -- an overall grade of MINT is fitting in this instance. No Elvis item could possibly be in better condition. Measures to size 7.25, meaning that it was intended to be worn on his pinkie. Not just an Elvis ring but an absolutely unique Elvis love token for the woman who would have been Mrs. Presley. Ring comes with a LOA from Ginger Alden. Valued at $20,000 just as a piece of jewelry, let alone with its Kingly origin.
Number of Bids: 8
Final Bid: $9,743.58
Lot 6. Elvis "My Love, My Life" Waist Chain Given to Ginger Alden
Custom-made 14k gold waist chain with "My Love, My Life" presented by Elvis to fiancee Ginger Alden in 1977. Elvis' personal jeweler, Lowell Hays, crafted this for the lovely Ginger Alden and pledged his ultimate love to her in this romantic piece of gold art. Interestingly Elvis had crafted a similar waist chain for earlier girlfriend Linda Thompson, who was brought to Hays' Memphis store where it was welded to to her stomach as a permanent love symbol. These words were simply beautiful as anything written by Robert Burns. Chain measures 25", molded "My Love, My Life" amulet 3" wide, 1/2" tall. NRMT with butter smooth surface. Great Elvis romance lore.
Number of Bids: 14
Final Bid: $5,696.24
Lot 7. Elvis Presley "EP" Heart Anklet Given to Ginger Alden
In the last months before his death, the magnanomous Elvis lavished gifts on his fiancee Ginger Alden, the most heartfelt of which was this untypically simple and unadorned 24K gold anklet with 2 merged hearts, one bearing an E" and the other a "P" against a open back. Each heart is 1/2" tall and mounted to one end of the attached gold chain. No Buick-sized diamonds or red, white and blue eagle engravings here, only a clean, stunning gold "love me tender" token that revealed the sentimental side of the big lug -- not something seen very often in the more opulent Elvis memorabilia. NRMT and haunting. The fact that they are his initials gives it great importance fitted with added provenance with LOA from Ginger Alden. .
Number of Bids: 14
Final Bid: $5,178.40
Lot 8. Elvis 1977 Tour Jacket from Ginger Alden
The King's death on August 16, 1977, meant this pulsating red nylon jacket that was to be worn by his entourage on a scheduled post-summer tour would never be used. And yet, sadness turns to exhilaration by the words on the embroidered black, silver & red patch stitched onto the left chest -- "Elvis in Concert" -- for that is how he'll forever be remembered, and likely where this tortured man was happiest, burbling the R&B, rock and country songs that sparked a revolution in music and culture worldwide. The zippered jacket -- which also boasts a white arm patch reading "TCB" in gold over a gold lightning bolt (very rarely seen on Elvis memorabilia) -- has a very special and very personal history, as it once belonged to Ginger Alden, the 20-year-old beauty he was going to marry and to whom he had just given a $50,000 engagement ring shortly before his death at Graceland. Ginger's attachment to the jacket can be seen in the "Apollo by Holloway" label on the back of the neck, on which "Ginger" is hand-written in blue marker. Having never been worn, the jacket is near flawless and in its striking simplicity says as much about the man as his rendition of "Heartbreak Hotel" ever did. LOA from Ginger Alden.
Number of Bids: 5
Final Bid: $1,464.10
Lot 9. Elvis & Ginger Matching Pucca Bead Necklaces
This matching set of sterling silver pucca bead necklaces was Elvis' way of saying, "I can't help falling in love with you" to Ginger Alden, the last love of his life. After he met the young beauty in November 1976, he quickly fell head over bootheels for her and they became engaged at Graceland on January 26, 1977 -- with Elvis popping the question in the opulent bathroom (his favorite room) of his Graceland mansion. In March he took her on vacation to Hawaii, where he cemented their love with these native necklaces. Alas, the marriage was not to be, as on August 16th 1977, Ginger Alden found him dead. Though matched, the necklaces differ in style, with Elvis' larger and solid white and a large silver clasp affixed to a seashell while Ginger's is multi-colored with 4 bird carvings (no, not the teddy bears he had once sung of putting around his lover's neck) attached. Both necklaces are NRMT and have been preserved beautifully. One (or two) of a kind Elvis memorabilia.
Number of Bids: 11
Final Bid: $2,593.74
Lot 10. Elvis Presley Sweat Pants
Having surrounded himself with black belt-level bodyguards from the early '60s on, he later took instruction in the martial arts and even opened a karate studio in Memphis. In his '73 TV special he displayed a few moves, sparking a karate craze in the country. The bright gold and purple sweatpants were part of his "Kenpo" garb, which he often wore up until his death in '77, allowing for freedom of movement. He also was known to pack a pistol or two in the waistband of his sweats, as he did on a motorcycle run the day before he was found dead at Graceland. Pants show excellent use from Kingly wear and the bottom of the legs have been shortened. An Elvis memento that really "kicks" butt. LOA from Ginger Alden.
Number of Bids: 13
Final Bid: $1,569.24
Lot 12. Elvis Presley Signed Army Photograph
The most famous GI the U.S. Army has ever had was Elvis Aron Presley, whose absence caused hysteria among his fans. Drafted into the service in March 1958, Elvis took his duty seriously, working his way to the rank of sergeant while stationed in Germany (not to mention meeting 14-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu). His fondness for the experience is conveyed in this extraordinarily rare photo of Sgt. Presley posing with the other non-coms on his base, with a serious-looking Elvis in his crisp uniform and hat 3rd from left in the back row. Elvis signed the photo on the upper left corner with the humble inscription, "Nice reminder of my days in the service. Thank you, Elvis Presley" in blue pen. The photo was the possession of Elvis' Commanding Officer, and is undoubtedly a unique presentation piece.Writing has faded a bit but the signature is a solid 7/10. Nicely sepia toned 8 x 11 1/2 photo is missing pieces on the right border. This photo could be easily be trimmed, on the right side, improving the condition exponentially.
Number of Bids: 9
Final Bid: $1,178.99
Lot 14. Elvis "Jon Burrows" Signature and Matchbook
Two very Elvis-like love tokens from his affair in the early '70s with Joyce Bova, who in 1994 wrote a book called "Don't Ask Forever: My Love Affair with Elvis Presley." One is a black matchbook personalized with a stylistic "E.P", which he doled out only to those he trusted. The other, truly incredible find is a paper sleeve from a $2,000 wad of cash Elvis gave Joyce to have fun with in the casino during one of his Vegas gigs, with Elvis's handwriting on the sleeve reading, "To Joyce, with love from Jon Burrows." Elvis aficionados know this is the alias he used when he simply wanted to be anonymous, and this may be the only item on the market with Elvis's hand-written usage of the name! We also note that just hours after his death was announced, a man boarded a plane for Buenos Aires paying in cash and using the name Jon Burrows. You connect the dots. Money sleeve reads "$2000" and is stamped with the date "Dec. 18, 70." There are handwritten initials "MW" on it. Sleeve is NRMT and matchbook is EX-MT but missing about half of the matches . Also a page from Bova's book in which she relates Elvis using the alias. The $2,000 is not included.
Number of Bids: 5
Final Bid: $732.05
We also note that just hours after his death was announced, a man boarded a plane for Buenos Aires paying in cash and using the name Jon Burrows. You connect the dots.
....What a strange comment (E-Cat)
Lot 17. ELVIS 1968 Comeback TV Special Unused Ticket
For Elvis buffs, a very special collectible -- an unused ticket from the famed comeback special when he showed the world he still had it after seemingly fading away in the psychedelic '60s. This is a TV audience ticket for June 29, 1968, the first of the sit-down shows with a trim, black-leather-clad and again-cool Presley, who performed jam sessions with original Jordanaires and band-mates Scotty Moore, DJ Fontana and friends. Graded and encapsulated by PSA as an â€œ8â€