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Elvis Presley Guitar from 1968 TV Special Up for Auction

by Josh Lanier
(Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

If you’ve got $250,000 and some free wall space, have we got the deal for you. A California auction house is about to sell Elvis Presley’s iconic guitar from his “1968 Comeback Special” that would look great next to your living room sofa.

Kruse GWS Auctions plans to auction off the bright-red Hagstrom Viking II guitar he played during his televised “Comeback Special” in 1968.

Bidding will likely be furious. The beginning price is $250,000, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said. The agency handling the March 27 auction said the guitar will likely be sold for at least $750,000. The price tag for the guitar could go for as much as $1 million.

The instrument originally belonged to Elvis’ band Al Casey who loaned Presley the semi-hollow body guitar for the show, Guitar World said. Producers wanted it because of its bright-red, flamboyant finish that they thought would look good on camera. And they were right. Elvis Presley liked the look of the guitar so much that he included it on the cover of his 1969 album From Elvis in Memphis.

But if you’re not in the mood for one of The King’s crown jewels, there are other very famous items up for auction later this month. Those include Michael Jackson’s crystal-studded glove (only one, the other was lost in the wash or behind a couch), Elizabeth Taylor’s blue rhinestone drop earrings, and a 1950 Fleetwood-model Cadillac from the movie The Godfather previously owned by Mae West.

Elvis Claims He Never Wrote Any of His Music

The King of Rock and Roll may have looked cool singing it, but apparently, he wasn’t very good at writing it. Or at least, that’s what he claimed in a 1957 interview.

“It’s all a big hoax, honey. I never wrote a song in my life. I get one-third of the credit for recording it,” Elvis Presley told Dig Magazine in 1957. “It makes me look smarter than I am. I’ve never even had an idea for a song. Just once, maybe. I went to bed one night, had quite a dream, and woke up all shook up. I phoned a pal and told him about it. By morning, he had a new song, ‘All Shook Up.’”

Presley also reportedly couldn’t read or write music, at least not in the traditional sense. He had an ear for what would make a great song. He could play by ear, meaning he could tell the notes by sound alone.