On Friday afternoon, Priscilla Presley responded to recent criticism after one of Elvis’s iconic jumpsuits was sold at auction last weekend.
Elvis Presley’s jumpsuit from his 1972 Madison Square Garden show sold for more than one million dollars on Saturday. Many fans assumed that Priscilla had something to do with it. They accused her of selling the famous jumpsuit and profiting off the auction. She made sure to shut those rumors down in a message she posted on social media.
“To all concerned. I had ‘nothing’ to do with the sale of Elvis’s jumpsuit. GWS Auctions owned the Jumpsuit. We have many at Graceland. I did not benefit from the sale in any way!” Priscilla Presley shared on Twitter.
She went on to explain the situation further in her statement. Priscilla Presley did admit to working with GWS Auctions, but for separate reasons. The auction house asked her if she would have lunch with the highest bidder. Her doing so would help animal charities that she frequently works closely with.
Additionally, Presley noted that Graceland has auctions of their own. Therefore if she owned the jumpsuit, they likely would’ve sold it through Graceland instead. But as Priscilla said, she never owned that particular costume worn by Elvis.
“I was asked if I would offer a lunch to the highest bidder at the auction,” Priscilla Presley added. “It was an opportunity to give to some of the animal charities that I’m involved with, including Dream Foundation, of which I’ve been involved with for 18 years. GWS Auctions, auction many celebrity items which they own. FYI, in the last few years Graceland has had auctions.”
Priscilla Presley Not Involved With Jumpsuit Sale, But Auction Included Numerous Other Elvis-Related Items
Priscilla Presley denied any involvement in the sale of her famous ex-husband’s 1972 MSG jumpsuit. Yet that wasn’t the only Elvis memorabilia up for sale by GWS Auctions.
As bidding for The King’s MSG costume came to a close, the highest bidder purchased it for $1,012,500. The sale stirred up controversy for Priscilla Presley. But GWS Auctions rounder and lead auctioneer Brigitte Kruse was nothing but thrilled to have the jumpsuit and other items in their auction.
“The outstanding sale of his iconic 1972 Madison Square Garden eyelet jumpsuit and cape represents not only a world record price,” Kruse said. “But [it is] a true testament to the legendary reverence and love people still feel for him.”
In addition to Elvis’s legendary jumpsuit, Saturday’s auction presented other Elvis Presley memorabilia up for auction. The auction included a jar of Presley’s hair that sold for $72,500. The King’s Viva Las Vegas racing helmet sold for $23,750. His 1966 tuxedo tailcoat from the movie Frankie & Johnny sold for $75,000. Other items included Elvis’s stage-worn boots that sold for $28,750 to the highest bidder. Finally, his Schick electric razor sold for $3,000 among many other items that any Elvis fan would love to own.