On Saturday, Elvis Presley’s iconic jumpsuit from his 1972 Madison Square Garden show sold at auction for more than one million dollars.
The King wore the famous eyelet jumpsuit and cape during the only New York City performances of his legendary career. He performed four sold-out concerts at Madison Square Garden in June 1972. At the time, he was the first musician to sell out four consecutive shows at the famous NYC arena. Presley performed on stage several other times in The Big Apple, but each were for The Ed Sullivan Show, not live concerts.
RCA recorded Elvis Presley’s Saturday show, and it didn’t take them long to produce a live album from the historic gig. Only nine days after The King’s Madison Square Garden run of shows, RCA released Elvis: As Recorded at Madison Square Garden. The live album quickly climbed the Billboard Top 200 chart and peaked at No. 11. By 1999, the popular live album received triple platinum status for selling more than three million units. To this day, Elvis: As Recorded at Madison Square Garden ranks as one of the highest-selling live albums from the 1970s.
Further Details of Elvis Presley’s Jumpsuit and Other Items up for Auction
Elvis Presley’s iconic costume became one of the most-photographed outfits of the musician’s career. Bill Belew designed the eyelet jumpsuit and cape, which has been part of a private collection for over three decades. The owner just recently decided to put it up for auction, and it predictably sold for a massive amount of money.
Kruse GWS Auctions handled the auction of the famous MSG jumpsuit. The company specializes in entertainment memorabilia that is connected to celebrities. When the bidding for Presley’s costume came to an end, it sold for $1,012,500 to the highest bidder.
Kruse GWS Auctions rounder and lead auctioneer Brigitte Kruse shared a statement about the auction. She said the auction house is “thrilled” to have such “extraordinary” items for Elvis fans and collectors to bid on.
“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 The King’s MSG jumpsuit, Saturday’s auction had other Elvis Presley memorabilia up for auction. Some other items for sale included a jar of Presley’s hair, which sold for $72,500. His Viva Las Vegas racing helmet sold for $23,750, and his tuxedo tailcoat from the 1966 movie Frankie & Johnny sold for $75,000. Further items included Elvis’ stage-worn boots that went for $28,750. Additionally, his Schick electric razor sold for $3,000.