1972 Concert film highest lot at Graceland Auction 2016
Just a few hours ago, the Auction Graceland in Memphis last. The highest bid at the auction, where 126 items were in the catalog, was a 1972 concert by Elvis On Tour director Robert Abel. Four days before the recordings of Elvis On Tour Abel made recordings of the concert that Elvis did on April 5, 1972 at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, NY. The black and white film was shot with a Sony Portapak. The lot includes the original Sony V-30H Video Tape reels, which measure approximately 5 inches (12.7 cm) in diameter in their original Sony cases. Also included is a 500 gigabyte hard drive containing a high-resolution (ProRes 422) transfer of the footage in QuickTime format and a Sony 64 Digital Betacam tape master. Highlights include a 5+ minute rousing rendition of “Suspicious Minds,” a spot-on “Lawdy Miss Clawdy,” and a moment when Elvis has the lights turned up in the arena to see the crowd just as, right in front of the camera, we catch a glimpse of a security guard stopping an eager fan from charging the stage. The estimate amount for the film was between 25,000 and 30,000 dollars, but eventually had to pay the highest bid 137,500 dollar or 126.344 Euro.