Saturday, January 17, 2015

Elvis for Sale

In October 2009, I visited Memphis, Tennessee for a conference. Naturally, I took a few detours to give my camera a workout, and one of them was Graceland, the estate of Elvis Presley. Recently I read online that Elvis' jets, The Lisa Marie (named after his daughter, the former Mrs. Michael Jackson) and The Hound Dog, were heading towards the auction block.

At the time I visited Graceland, the jets were on display across the street.

Takin' Care of Business, the King's trademark phrase.

The cockpit:

Purchased for $250,000 in 1975, the Lisa Marie is a Convair 880 jet from Delta Air Lines. Along with The Hound Dog, the two jets are expected to go for $10-15 million when Julien's Auctions hit the gavel.

What every tasteful home has: a gold-plated sink.

Elvis dropped another $300k on the plane's remodel, decorating it himself.

Nothing says class like plastic slipcovers.

I love the seatbelt on the bed. Would it really keep the King from rolling off?

Frankly, I'd rather have a pink cadillac.

See more Daveland Elvis Presley Graceland photos at my main website.


Unknown said...

Hey it's a Convair 880, built right down the hill from where I grew up. I can remember as a kid having some weird local pride for the Convair 880 and 990.

Fifthrider said...

"I love the seatbelt on the bed. Would it really keep the King from rolling off?"

LOL, you're terrible but that's funnier than hell. Everyone knows all heavy cargo needs to be secured on a plane otherwise it'll shift weight and crash.