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Elvis Memorabilia on Display

August 26, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ For all those Elvis lovers who didn’t get a chance to tear at the King’s clothes in person, an auction of his memorabilia will give them another opportunity for a piece of the legend.

A one-day preview was unveiled Wednesday, showcasing the bizarre (an ankle-length cape with studs) to the mundane (personal checks signed ``E.A. Presley″).

The treasures include olive-drab fatigues from Elvis’ two-year tour in the Army, a black jumpsuit with lime-green leather yoke, and a 1956 white Lincoln Continental.

There’s even a 6th grade report card showing ``A’s″ in music, ``D’s″ in math and geography.

Born in Tupelo, Miss., in 1935, Elvis Aaron Presley went on to record 130 albums or singles that went gold, platinum or multi-platinum. His hits included ``Heartbreak Hotel,″ ``Love Me Tender,″ ``Jailhouse Rock,″ and ``Blue Suede Shoes.″

But don’t look for those shoes at auction.

The most valuable (and noteworthy) possessions remain safely ensconced at Graceland, Presley’s mansion in Memphis, Tenn.

The auction begins next month on the Web site www.icollector.com, when the public can begin making bids. The live version in Las Vegas will be previewed beginning Sept. 28, and the auction is slated for Oct. 8-10.

Proceeds benefit Elvis Presley Enterprises, which will use the money to build housing for the homeless in Memphis.

Before Elvis _ who died Aug. 16, 1977, at age 42 _ was discovered, the Presley family lived for several years in a federal housing project in Memphis.

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