A one-of-a-kind cape created for Elvis Presley’s Aloha from Hawaii concert in 1973 is on the auction block.
The King of Rock and Roll wanted his satellite performance to be special, so he asked fashion designer Bill Belew to create a cape he could hide behind. The end product was magnificent, nearly five-feet long, laced with precious stones and highlighted by an American eagle surrounded by stars.
But there was one problem. “It was too heavy,” said concert promoter Tom Moffatt. “He liked the one that he could swirl around and toss out into the audience and that’s what he wore here.”
“When he was doing his rehearsals he realized that this one was so heavy that he had to make another one in less than 24 hours,” said Bobby Livingston of RR Auction.
What one billion people saw on stage at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena on January 14, 1973 was a smaller version of the original cape, which was sent to Graceland where it remained until a charity auction in 1999. It is now up for bid with RR Auction.
“An Elvis collector, a client of ours decided to part with this, and believe me we were thrilled when we received it,” Livingston said.
The opening bid was for $10,000, but the final selling price is expected to be much higher. “We expect this to go over $100,000,” Livingston said. “It’s one of those items that the sky is really the limit. It is one of the ultimate of Elvis Presley memorabilia.”
“Elivs is alive and well,” Moffatt joked. “Elvis has not left the building.”
The auction closes on March 20.
To view the cape online, click here.