Henry Aldridge and Son, The Wiltshire Auctioneer with a Worldwide Reputation are to auction a truly iconic piece of show business memorabilia in their November 14th auction of Iconic Collectables, Fine Art and Antiques.
Elvis Presley is one of the most iconic figures in music history and Henry Aldridge and Son are honoured to be offering for sale the white boots estimated at £25000-£30000 that he wore in one of his memorable performances when he sang If I Can Dream. This song capped his 1968 NBC TV special.
Ironically the very week that the boots are to be sold Elvis’s album If I Can Dream is set to top the UK album charts, a little over 47 years after the performance he wore these boots for.
If I Can Dream was a tribute song to Martin Luther King, Jr written by Walter Earl Brown, notable for its direct quotations from Dr. King. Elvis had finished shooting for Live a Little, Love a Little for his upcoming Singer Television Special, to be broadcast on television that December. When first presented to Elvis, the TV special’s producer, Steve Binder was worried and thought Elvis would not want to sing it as the show was to be a Christmas special and “If I Can Dream” was not a Christmas song.
Binder found Elvis and played it for him in his dressing room a number of times before Elvis finally said, “Okay, I’ll do it.” On June 23rd, Elvis recorded If I Can Dream in several incredibly passionate takes. To Binder, his performance was so staggering it seemed almost like a religious experience.
Out on the floor with a hand mike, Elvis fell to his knees. For a moment, it appeared like he was back in church, singing the Gospel songs of his youth. These boots represent a tangible link to this truly iconic moment in show business history.
If I Can Dream was the closing number one of the greatest moments in Entertainment history and is regarded by Elvis collectors as one of the “Holy Grails”.
The boots are sold with an Elvis Presley Museum certificate of authenticity hand signed by Jimmy Velvet, Elvis’ friend of 22 years. He was the founder and president of the world famous Elvis Presley Museum together with a hand signed Letter of Authenticity from Charlie Hodge who appeared with Elvis on the NBC special in question.
Charlie Hodge states “These white Verde brand boots are the boots that Elvis wore on stage on his 1968 NBC TV special. He wore them in the closing number of the show “If I can Dream” while he was wearing a white suit. Elvis later gave me these boots”