A private jet once owned by the late iconic American singer-songwriter, actor and the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Elvis Presley, has been auctioned for $430,000 on Saturday at a California event featuring celebrity memorabilia, after sitting on a runway in New Mexico for 35 years GWS Auctions Inc. said . . .
AP reports that the buyer was not disclosed in the sold note posted on the firm’s website, and auctioneer Brigitte Kruse said she could not immediately release information about the buyer or the buyer’s plans for the plane.
The auction house says Elvis designed the interior that has gold-tone woodwork, red velvet seats and red shag carpet. But the red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar has no engine and needs a restoration of its cockpit.
The jet was owned by Elvis and his father, Vernon Presley, Liveauctioneers.com says. It has been privately owned for 35 years and sitting on a tarmac in Roswell, New Mexico.
Photos L-R: Elvis Presley’s provocative dancing & hip gyrations were legendary.
Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was an American singer-songwriter and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the “King of Rock and Roll”, or simply “the King”.
Presley was born in Tupelo and moved to Memphis with his parents at age 13. He became a leading figure in the fledgling rockabilly scene by covering songs originally performed by African-American artists like Big Mama Thornton (“Hound Dog”) and Arthur Crudup (“That’s All Right”).
“Before Elvis, there was nothing,” ex-Beatle, John Lennon, once said. Elvis Presley’s ascendance to super-stardom in the mid-’50s kicked off a musical and social revolution. His provocative dancing and hit records turned him into one of the 20th century’s most recognizable icons. Historians say his music also helped usher in the fall of racial segregation.
Elvis’ music genres included Rock and roll, pop, rockabilly, country, blues, gospel, rhythm and blues.
Elvis was 42 when he died on Aug. 16, 1977, in Memphis.