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Next month, valuable celebrity-related memorabilia will be auctioned off in California. This auction includes Elvis’ 1972 Cadillac Custom Estate Wagon. The Mecum Auction company lists his car as one of the highlights among the 2,000 items set to be auctioned on July 26-27 in Santa Monica, California.
According to the Associated Press, Elvis owned the car from 1972 until his tragic death in 1977. Elvis first kept it at the house of his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, but it was later kept at the Las Vegas Hilton, where Elvis played. After his death, the Cadillac was sent to Graceland, the home of “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” before being auctioned off along with other items in 1999.
Mecum Auctions reveals that this Cadillac was built by the American Sunroof Company in 1972. They built only one more that year—for singer Dean Martin. The cars were originally Cadillac Sedan Devilles, but were converted into Estate Wagons. Elvis' is cream with a brown vinyl top, leather interior, and even features a small gold plaque on the passenger door engraved with "TCB," which stands for Taking Care of Business, the name he gave his band. Also included with the car is the original Tennessee title, an insurance document signed by Elvis, and a letter written by Jack Soden, President of Elvis Presley Enterprises, detailing the history of the car.
Aside from Elvis’ Cadillac, the auction will feature other pieces of American pop culture history. That includes John Lennon’s prescription sunglasses, a 1931 Harley-Davidson VL owned by Steve McQueen, and a whip used by the main character in the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. It came from the collection of John Hagner, curator of the Hollywood Stuntman's Hall of Fame. Take a look at Mecum’s website to discover other rare items that will be auctioned. More items include those tied to John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis, Roy Rogers, and Gene Kelly.