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1952 Elvis Presley Signed Employment Agreement

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $5,462.50

Offered is Elvis Presley's very first employment agreement (6.5 x 9 inches), signed during the summer of 1952 following his junior year in high school. This is the paperwork Elvis was required to sign to allow for his employment with the Index Employment Service of Memphis, Tennessee, as a truck driver. This is not just a very early signed Elvis Presley document, but one with a very special historical significance, as the legend of the early days of Elvis Presley's career begins with his rise from employment as a truck driver, to world famous recording artist. This signed employment agreement represents the roots of the humble professional aspirations of the future King-To-Be. According to Oscar M. Difee, who owned and operated the Index Employment Service on Court Square in Memphis, Elvis Presley came into the employment agency on two different occasions to apply for a truck-driving job, but on both occasions did not actually take the job. The document is flawlessly signed on the appropriate line "Elvis Presley" ("10") in red ink, in the small and neat hand typical of Presley's signature before his rise to stardom. The document is accompanied by an official Index Employment notice of acceptance card (3 x 5 inches), filled out and signed by V. Cunningham ("Counselor for Index Employment Company"), documenting Elvis Presley's tentative placement, to start work on June 13, 1952, in the employment of Klyce Motors of Memphis. There is a place on this card for Presley to sign; however, Presley did not sign the notice of acceptance card. A letter of authenticity with a personal remembrance of Elvis from Oscar M. Diffie, owner of the Index Employment Service, is included with the lot. As he notes, thankfully for music fans everywhere, The King found his true calling in a field different than truck driving, and went on to become one of the world's greatest music legends, leaving only this extraordinary document as evidence of the legend of Presley's brush with a career on the road, not as a touring star, but literally behind the wheel. The signed employment agreement, and accompanying unsigned notice of acceptance, were once prized exhibits at Jimmy Velvet's legendary Elvis Presley Museum, and have been consigned to this auction from the person who long ago acquired them from Jimmy Velvet. The employment agreement and notice of acceptance card each have staple holes at the top, and were apparently stapled together for filing at the Index Employment Company. Otherwise, both are in Excellent condition. LOA from world famous Elvis Presley expert Richard Consola and LOA from James Spence, Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$3,000. SOLD FOR $5,462.50

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