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The Gibson Black Dove acoustic guitar Elvis Presley played in his 1975 Aloha from Hawaii broadcast has sold at auction.

Elvis’ Hawaii concert was broadcast live from Honolulu and was a spectacular return to form, following years in the doldrums.

An estimated 1.5bn people watched the show live on television, while the album went on to be his final number 1.

The Gibson realised £228,422.94 ($334,000) at Julien’s Auctions in LA on May 21st which  makes it the second most valuable piece of Elvis memorabilia ever sold, following the auction of his gold piano for £410,340.61 ($600,000) last year.

 

Elvis’ father, Vernon Presley, commissioned the guitar as a gift for his son in 1969. Black was chosen to celebrate Elvis’ recent attainment of a black belt in karate and a Kenpo karate sticker is attached to the body.

The fretboard bears Elvis’ name in flowing script.

Elvis played the guitar at a number of concerts from 1971 through to 1975. He showcased his extraordinary generosity by giving it to audience member Mike Harris mid-show in 1975.

A shaken Harris was given a police escort out of the building to ensure that the guitar remained in his hands.
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News has also come through that his white piano, which stood in the music room at Graceland during the 50s and 60s, is going to sell in June.

It’s anticipated to make more than £410,340.61 ($600,000) the exact figure achieved by a gold plated example from Graceland last year.
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