The Gotta Have Rock and Roll Pop Culture Auction April 2021
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 4/24/2021
Elvis Presley's "Frankie and Johnny" film used and personally owned Harmony Stella tenor acoustic guitar. Elvis used this guitar in the scene where he is singing a romantic ballad to his co-star Donna Douglas. Close inspection of the guitar in the film shows one string is missing, a fact that Charlie Hodge brings to attention in his letter of provenance (he mentions that Elvis said, " in the hell am I supposed to play this beautiful romantic ballad with a missing string?" Elvis kept the guitar, and Charlie had the missing string replaced. Wardrobe for the film, and the guitar, was supplied by Western Costume Co., however the brand name of the guitar was not blacked out, as was often the custom in Elvis's films (keeping with the Colonel's philosophy of "not giving away advertising for nothing."). The Western Costume Co. Hollywood Calif. stamp can clearly be seen in the sound hole. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Charlie Hodge who first met Elvis when he was with the Foggy Mountain River Boys. They met again when Elvis was a U.S. Army GI on his way to Germany. Charlie lived at Graceland in a converted apartment that Elvis made for him. He was Elvis's stage director, sang harmony on stage with him, and handed Elvis his scarves. Charlie helped with set lists and was an extra in many of his films. The guitar is also accompanied by photos from the film showing Elvis with the guitar and a Gotta Have Rock and Roll Certificate of Authenticity.
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $10,000
Final Bid: $19,489
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Number of Bids: 8
Auction closed on Saturday, April 24, 2021.
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