MEMPHIS, Tenn. » An auction of Elvis Presley memorabilia, including a guitar he played during his 1973 “Aloha from Hawaii” concert, will be part of a celebration for what would have been the late rock ‘n’ roll icon’s 81st birthday.
Elvis Presley Enterprises says fans are expected to gather at Graceland, Presley’s Memphis home, for a cake-cutting ceremony Jan. 8. Guest speakers will include Glenn Derringer who, as an 11-year-old pianist, appeared on the Dorsey Brothers Show with Presley in March 1956. Also speaking will be June Juanico, who dated Elvis.
The Auction at Graceland will take place Jan. 7. Among the 126 authenticated artifacts is the Gibson Ebony Dove guitar Presley played during the “Aloha from Hawaii” concert in 1973. The guitar has an estimated value of $300,000 to $500,000.
Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on Jan. 8, 1935. He died in Memphis on Aug. 16, 1977.