Elvis Presley's coat fetches £128k at Wiltshire auction

5th August 2023

Elvis Mink
The coat was worn by Elvis Presley in the last year of his life
By Sammy Jenkins & PA Media
BBC News

The leather and mink garment, worn by Elvis Presley during the last year of his life, went under the hammer at Henry Aldridge & Son auctions in Devizes, Wiltshire on Saturday.

It was purchased for £128,000 by a US collector.

Auctioneer Henry Aldridge had previously said they expected the coat to reach around £15,000.

Elvis Presley's coat was expected to sell for about £15,000

Elvis Presley gave the garment, which is 120cm (4ft) in length, to the brother of his fiancée Ginger Alden before his death in 1977.

The lot was accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Rosemary Alden Starkey, who is Ginger Alden's sister.

Elvis ring
Presley's gold owl-shaped ring was also sold for £14,000 at the auction

Auctioneer Henry Aldridge had previously said they acquired the coat from a client who had bought the garment during an annual Elvis Presley auction held at the singer's former home at Graceland, in Memphis, Tennessee.

Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said: "For me it encapsulates the glamour of 1970s Vegas, Elvis in a mink coat."

A gold-owl shaped ring, also owned by Elvis Presley, sold for £14,000.

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