Elvis Presley's Private Jet is For Sale in All Its Red Velvet Glory
The King of Rock 'n' Roll was not the tour bus type. Elvis Presley jetted from Memphis to Vegas to Palm Springs in a private jet that is, of course, fit for a King. Now Presley's jet, which he co-owned with his father Vernon, is going up for auction after languishing on a runway in Roswell, N.M. since it retired in the wake of Presley's death in 1977, at the age of 42.
The auctioneer, GWS Auctions, LLC., notes that the jet needs a lot of work and currently has no engine, but is confident that it can be restored to its former glory. And it was quite glorious—the interior of the 1962 Lockheed Jetstar was designed by Elvis himself. As anyone who has toured Graceland knows, the King had quite the interior design sense and that is reflected in his plane. It has tasteful gold-tone, classic woodwork and inlay, and naturally red velvet seats and red shag carpet.
Elvis, being royalty, had more than just the one plane, of course. His other two planes live at the Elvis Presley Museum in Memphis, meaning this last jet is a slice of rock n' roll history, available to the highest bidder.
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The starting bid is $10,000, but Britain's The Telegraph reports that "a lot including the jet and original paperwork signed by the singer outlining his specifications for its build has racked up a bid of $126,000."
Anyone looking for the perfect addition to their Elvis memorabilia collections has until 10 a.m. (Pacific time) on Saturday, May 27, to put in an offer.