ROCK ISLAND, ILL.— Elvis might have left the constructing, however his private revolver may be very a lot alive within the accumulating world, promoting for 199,750 at a Rock Island Public sale occasion in late August. The Smith & Wesson Mannequin 53, adorned with a bicentennial theme by Grasp Engraver Russell Smith was delivered to Elvis Presley solely months earlier than his loss of life Aug. 16, 1977.
Presale estimate for the revolver was between $60,000-$90,000, however aggressive bidding from gun fans and Elvis followers world wide resulted in a last hammer worth greater than double the revolver’s excessive estimate.
“The collectibles market has been experiencing unprecedented progress in a number of genres,” stated Rock Island Public sale Firm President Kevin Hogan. “If you mix two of these genres, Elvis’ memorabilia and collector firearms, the result’s great pleasure and excessive totals at public sale.”
Rock Island Public sale has beforehand bought revolvers of Elvis’ for equally hefty quantities. In 2017, the corporate bought the King’s Colt Python revolver for $172,500 in addition to his Smith & Wesson Model 19-2 for $195,500.
The success of Elvis’ revolver is the most recent instance demonstrating the worth of weapons linked to historic figures and popular culture icons within the present collectibles market. In 2022, Rock Island bought the only surviving blaster originally used by Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars: A New Hope for $1,057,500, and the earlier 12 months the public sale home bought a revolver owned by John Wayne and seen in among the star’s function movies for $517,500.