Elvis Presley bought his Memphis mansion, Graceland, in 1957 for $100,000. Since then, The King’s fans have flocked to it to see how he lived and tour the massive property.
“Sometimes there are rumors about [Graceland] being sold,” she responded to USA Today in 2013. “And that is NEVER going to happen. There’s always a rumor. It is NOT getting sold.
“Graceland was given to me and will always be mine. And then passed to my children. It will never be sold.”
Lisa Marie Presley has three children. Her son died last year.
Graceland isn’t just a place for tourists. It’s still a home. Security keeps tourists from the upstairs of the mansion, and that’s where she can find solace whenever she visits. Though, she doesn’t spend the night.
“It’s a very special place…it shuts down quite nice at night,” she told USA Today.
“I have family that I love very much who live there in Memphis. When I go… I visit [Graceland]. We have dinner there. My family still goes there, and we still have a life there.”
“Yes, the family does still visit Graceland quite often. One of Lisa’s favorite things to do here is to actually share with her kids and her friends her memories of Graceland.
“And do things that Elvis and her used to do like ride golf carts or see the horses and things like that. But they do come quite often. This is still her home.”
Elvis Overhauled Graceland But Left Two Things Alone
As soon as Elvis purchased Graceland on June 27, 1957, he started making major changes. He added rooms and extensions to the home. And converted some of the rooms to have themes such as the famous Jungle Room. He added a waterfall, plush carpet, and several animal statues to make the room seem more exotic.
Elvis liked the statues, so they got to stay while he continually renovated the rest of the mansion. They’re in the upstairs dining room now.
“And what’s really unique about them is there actually is a red fluorescent light that actually trims the inside of these.
“So they glow red, but we have them unplugged. They’re on both sides,” he said.