Own One of Elvis’s Private Jets
Fans, wannabe rock stars, and plane enthusiasts will finally have a chance to own one or both of Elvis Presley’s private airplanes, when they go under the hammer at Julien’s Auctions this month, Art Daily reports.
The planes are being offered in a sealed-bid auction beginning on January 2, 2015 and ending on February 2, 2015.
In 1975, Elvis paid in excess of $600,000 for his the Convair 880 Jet, which he called ‘Lisa Marie’ in honor of his daughter. The subsequent customizations based on his personal specifications included a queen size bed, a bathroom complete with gold faucets and sink, a videotape system, and a stereo with fifty speakers. The red white and blue plane and features Elvis’s motto ‘TCB’ (Takin’ Care of Business) on the tail.
In the same year, Elvis bought a Lockheed Jetstar for $900,000 whilst he waited for the refurbishment of the ‘Lisa Marie.’
The airplanes have been on display at Elvis’ Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, for the past thirty years and offer an intimate insight into the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle of one of the 20th century’s most iconic music stars.
However the Washington Times reported that potential buyers will not be able to fly the planes, as according to the auction house, they are no longer airworthy. But this shouldn’t deter hardcore Elvis fans from wanting to own one of these unique pieces of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia.
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