Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls Royce up for auction

Bonham’s auction house has listed the 1963 Rolls-Royce Phantom V Touring once owned by Elvis Presley for sale, offering die-hard fans an opportunity to get their hands on one of his classic rides. The auction date is scheduled for August 14 – 16.

Presley ordered the high-end limousine when he lived in Bel Air, Calif. Custom coach work was done by James Young and customized with the latest tech of the times, including electric windows on all doors, a Blaupunkt Koln radio, air conditioning, an in-car bar and even a microphone.

While the car originally sported a midnight blue paintjob, Elvis reportedly had to have the car repainted after his mother’s chickens wrecked the paintjob while pecking at their reflections. The limo was refinished in a light silver blue, thought to hide the paint chips.

Ride in style: Elvis Presley owned the limo for about five years, gifting it in 1968 to the SHARE charity which auctioned it for $35,000.
Ride in style: Elvis Presley owned the limo for about five years, gifting it in 1968 to the SHARE charity which auctioned it for $35,000.
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Under the hood, the Rolls housed a 6.2-liter V-8 engine making 200-horsepower and capable of a maximum speed of about 100 mph.

Presley only owned the limo for about five years, gifting it in 1968 to the SHARE charity which auctioned it for $35,000.

In the nearly 40 years since, it has undergone a restoration, spent about 20 years in a private museum, and has had a full engine rebuild, including the installation of a new cylinder block.

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Elvis’ hair sold at auction for $115,000

EP Hair sold

Item: Tresses from Elvis Presley
Winning Bid: $115,000
Sold: 2002

Apart from his soulful voice and swinging hips, Elvis Presley was known for his hair. So it’s perhaps no surprise that a strand from the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s pompadour — surreptitiously hoarded by his personal barber — would bring in more dough than hair from John Lennon ($48,000), John F. Kennedy ($3,000) and Beethoven ($7,300) combined. MastroNet Inc, the Oak Brook, Ill., company behind the Internet auction of such macabre memorabilia, has made a small fortune selling the tresses of celebrities, dead (Mickey Mantle, $6,900) or alive (Neil Armstrong, $3,000). Even former government officials are cashing in. In 2007, an ex-CIA employee sold a tuft of Che Guevara’s hair, along with fingerprints and death photographs, for $119,500.

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