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JULIEN’S AUCTIONS PROUDLY ANNOUNCES THE SALE OF ELVIS PRESLEY’S PRIVATE PLANES —
THE “LISA MARIE” and "HOUND DOG II"

The Lisa Marie Convair 880 Jet

Julien’s Auctions, the auction house to the stars, has announced the rare opportunity to own Elvis Presley’s private planes, the “Lisa Marie” and "Hound Dog II." For the very first time, collectors, aviation enthusiasts and entrepreneurs who wish to independently continue to show the two planes that have been on display at Graceland for the past thirty years can bid through an exclusive sealed bid auction for the epitome of Graceland elegance and jet-setting rock star luxury owned and designed by the King of Rock n’ Roll himself. Elvis purchased the Convair 880 Jet from Delta Airlines on April 17, 1975 for the then very substantial amount of $250,000. After refurbishing it, the total exceeded $600,000, and he then immediately rechristened it the “Lisa Marie” in honor of his only daughter. The redesigned jet became an airworthy mix of modern function and amazing style fit for such a king. It was customized to include plush sleeping quarters, a penthouse bedroom with a custom-made queen size bed, an executive bathroom with gold faucets and gold washbasin, a videotape system linked to four televisions and a stereo system with fifty speakers and a conference room. The tail section of the plane featured Presley’s trademark — “TCB” — for “Taking Care of Business.” The color scheme was personally chosen by Elvis himself.

Hound Dog II Lockheed JetStar

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Martin Nolan presenting Elvis Presley's Private Planes
Elvis Presley's Private Planes

 

While Elvis’s jet-setting lifestyle is apparent throughout the “Lisa Marie” jet which he used for his exclusive transportation and private air travel, the last flight the plane took was when it transported Priscilla Presley and Elvis’s good friend George Hamilton from California to his funeral. In 1984 the “Lisa Marie” made a ceremonious entrance to Graceland where it became part of the popular attraction. Millions of fans and tourists have toured both of the aircraft over the past thirty years. Elvis’ father, Vernon, sold the plane in 1978 and it changed hands twice but was purchased by present owners who formed a joint venture with Graceland’s owners to return it back home to Graceland.

The plane was prepared for the land journey from the Airport to Graceland by removing the outer wing sections and vertical stabilizer and was welcomed by the Mayor of Memphis and marching bands in a parade from the airport to Graceland that was featured on the TODAY SHOW. Current operators of Graceland gave notice that they are not renewing the Joint Venture Agreement and asked the owners to remove the planes from Graceland at the end of April, 2015. In the past, millions of fans visiting Graceland have had the chance to tour the planes and experience them like the King of Rock n’ Roll would have. The interior of the Lisa Marie aircraft is the original interior Elvis had installed.

The Hound Dog II is a Lockheed JetStar. Elvis purchased it in 1975 while waiting for Lisa Marie to finish her refurbishment for a price of almost $900,000. Hound Dog II was bought by OKC Partnership and transported to Graceland in 1984 after the “Lisa Marie” arrived.

PLANES ARE FOR DISPLAY ONLY AND CANNOT BE FLOWN!

SPECIFICATIONS FOR HOUND DOG II

  • Crew: two pilots and typically one flight attendant
  • Capacity: 8-10 passengers
  • Powerplant: 4 × Garrett TFE731-3 turbofan, 3,700 Lbs (16.5 kN) each
  • Cruise speed: 504 mph (438 knots, 811 km/h)
  • Range: 2,995 mi (2,604 nmi, 4,820 km)
  • Service ceiling: 43,000 ft (13,105 m)
“Lisa Marie” bathroom

SPECIFICATIONS FOR LISA MARIE

  • Crew: 3
  • Seating capacity: 28 Executive Interior
  • Tower call name: '880 Echo Pappa'
  • Elvis called the plane: 'The Pride of Elvis Presley Airways' and his 'Flying Graceland'.
  • Range: 3,000 miles
  • Horsepower: 44,800 lbs. thrust
  • Engines: Four General Electric CJ-805-3 Pod Mount Jets
  • Length: 129' 4"
  • Wingspan: 120' Tail height from ground: 36' 4"
  • Weight: 87,000 lbs.
  • Maximum weight: 184,000 lbs.
  • Cruising speed: 615 M.P.H.
  • Service Ceiling: 41,000 feet
  • Fuel capacity: 10,770 gallons
  • Fuel consumption: 1,700 gallons per hour; 
    take off: 2,200 gallons
  • Operating cost for 1976: $404,000
  • Manufacturer: Convair
  • Produced: 1959-1962
  • 65 of aircrafts built
  • Aircraft cabin is divided into four sections: Forward main lounge with divans and club seating area, Conference/Dining Table with large refreshment center, Private club room with berthable divan and Private Master Suite with full sized bed and private Master bath.
King of Rock n' Roll plane bed

The planes, which remain two of the most important pieces of Elvis Presley history and are presently displayed at Graceland, will be offered exclusively by Julien’s Auctions through a sealed bid auction beginning on Friday, January 2, 2015 through Monday, February 2, 2015. The sealed bid auction gives bidders simultaneous opportunities to submit sealed bids to the auction house. No bidder will know how much the other auction participants have bid and the successful bidder will be declared through the sealed bidding process on or before thirty days after the close of bidding.

Sealed bids can only be accepted by written proxy and mailed to Julien’s Auctions. For an official sealed bid form with instructions, email info@juliensauctions.com or call 310-836-1818. All sealed bids must be received by February 2, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. PST.

          
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About Julien's Auctions

Julien’s Auctions is the world record-breaking auction house to the stars. Collaborating with the famous and the exclusive, Julien’s Auctions produces high profile auctions in the film, music, art and sports markets. Julien’s Auctions has received international recognition for its unique and innovative auction events, which attract thousands of collectors, investors, fans and enthusiasts from around the world. Julien’s Auctions specializes in sales of iconic artifacts and notable collections including Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Lady Gaga, Banksy, Cher, Michael Jackson, U2, Barbra Streisand, Les Paul, Neil Young, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Hugh Hefner, Pelé and many more.

In 2016, Julien’s realized $5 million in the historic auction of the Brazilian soccer icon, three-time World Cup Champion and FIFA Player of the Century’s collection of memorabilia, personal property and awards, which featured the sale of Pelé’s 3 World Cup Gold medals, sold for a combined total of US $970,992 (£674,300), including his 1970 World Cup winner’s medal sold for $427,100 (£346,000), which set world records for the most expensive Pelé item and the most expensive soccer medal ever sold at auction. In 2020, Julien’s shattered multiple records of sports jerseys sold at auction in the sale of a trio of historic #23 basketball jerseys worn by Michael Jordan (his historic 1984 “Signing Day” official Chicago Bulls rookie #23 which sold for $320,000, a new world record sale for a jersey worn by the 14 Time All-Star and five-time MVP legend), Barack Obama (the forty-fourth U.S. President’s 1979 #23 Punahou School jersey which sold for $192,000, a new world record selling price for a high school jersey) and Lebron James (the NBA legend’s 2003-2004 official Cleveland Cavaliers rookie year NBA jersey rookie season which sold for $128,000) which combined totaled $640,000 as well as Colin Kaepernick’s official San Francisco 49ers rookie jersey which sold for $128,000, a new world record for most expensive NFL jersey sold at auction. Other notable Sports memorabilia sold by Julien’s Auctions include Babe Ruth’s 1938 Brooklyn Dodgers coaching uniform which sold for $187,500 and NASCAR legend Richard Petty’s 1974 Dodge Charger Daytona race-winning car which sold for $500,000.

In 2016, Julien’s Auctions received its second placement in the Guinness Book of World Records for the sale of the world’s most expensive dress ever sold at auction, The Marilyn Monroe “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress which sold for $4.8 million. Julien’s Auctions achieved placement in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2009 for the sale of Michael Jackson’s white glove, which sold for $480,000 making it the most expensive glove ever sold at auction. In 2020, Julien’s Auctions received its third Guinness Book of World Record placement for the sale of Kurt Cobain’s “MTV Unplugged” 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic-electric guitar, which sold for $6 million making it the world’s most expensive guitar ever sold at auction. In 2022, Julien’s Auctions sold the world’s second most expensive guitar ever sold at auction with Kurt Cobain’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video 1969 Fender Mustang electric guitar, which sold for $4.5 million.

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