ROCK ISLAND, Ill., March 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Two of Elvis Presley's lavish revolvers will be available in a May firearms auction hosted by Rock Island Auction Company. They are accompanied by several items personally owned by the legendary performer such as a diamond and ruby studded Shelby County sheriff's badge, the Elvis-signed contract to purchase Graceland, and numerous personal documents also signed by Presley. The King himself purchased the revolvers in 1970 before sending them to Germany to be elaborately decorated. One was presented to Vice President Spiro Agnew as a gift but was returned a short time later while Agnew was being investigated for corruption.
"We are thrilled to offer the memorabilia of an American rock and roll icon," said RIAC President Kevin Hogan. "These revolvers are beautiful enough on their own to bring a great price, but when you add the iron-clad Elvis provenance things really get exciting. Authentic Elvis items can bring tremendous buzz and high totals at auction, so we're anticipating a lot of action when these cross the block." The pre-auction estimate for one revolver seen being held by Elvis in a period photograph is $160,000 - 275,000.
Rock Island Auction Company is no stranger to extraordinary firearms owned by historical figures, having sold a rifle owned by President John F. Kennedy for $149,500 and a Winchester rifle presented by Buffalo Bill for $345,000. The sale will also feature investment grade firearms, luxurious sporting guns, and nearly 100 machine guns. It will take place May 5 – 7 at the Rock Island Auction facility and will be open to the public.
About Rock Island Auction Company
Rock Island Auction Company is the world's #1 auction company for firearms, bladed weapons and militaria. Founded in 1993 by its current CEO Patrick Hogan, RIAC continues to lead the industry with record sales numbers and their extensive and beautiful marketing efforts. Their 86,000 square foot facility hosts 8 auctions each year. They actively seek consignments, be it a single weapon or a collection of hundreds, a thousand dollar item or one million. For more information, please visit www.rockislandauction.com or call 1-800-238-8022.
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SOURCE Rock Island Auction Company