It’s been over 40 years since Elvis Presley died, and at this point he’s probably almost as famous for all of his collectible merchandise as he is for his music or films. Now TMZ reports that a new price record for authentic Elvis memorabilia has been set by one of King’s own guitars, which just sold for $ 1.32 million.
The 1942 Martin D-18 guitar was owned by Elvis between 1954 and 1956, a historically significant period in the singer’s career. He has recorded a lot of material with the guitar, including classics like “Blue Moon of Kentucky”, and now it is owned by an anonymous collector who also has the honor of owning the most cherished Elvis memorabilia piece in the world. ‘history.
Besides the memorable rock and roll story running through the instrument, its most distinctive feature is probably the homemade adhesive metal lettering on the bottom of the guitar. It is written “ELVI”, after the “S” has fallen off at one point over the years, placed there by Elvis himself after he bought the guitar in 1954. As the story goes, he traded his old Martin 000-18 at OK Houck’s Piano store in Memphis, Tennessee, decorating the new one soon after. Then he got down to business, recording music with the guitar at the iconic Sun Studios in Memphis, where some of the most legendary music Elvis ever recorded was performed, which led to the guitar being known colloquially. under the name of “Sun Sessions Guitar”. And as if that weren’t enough for the story, the King of Rock and Roll is also known to have played guitar on stage during this same period.
Now the Sun Sessions guitar by Elvis is in the hands of a new owner, who also has a lot of documentation proving it to be genuine – including a copy of the original OK Houck receipt.