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Private jet as soon as owned by Elvis Presley for sale– again

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GWS Auctions, Inc./ AP This undated photo offered by GWS Auctions, Inc. reveals a personal jet once owned by Elvis Presley, on a runway in New Mexico.

Monday, June 18, 2018|1:27 p.m.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.– A private jet when owned by Elvis Presley that has sat on a runway in New Mexico for nearly 4 years is back on the auction block.

The online auction site IronPlanet announced this week that the plane with red velour seats had returned the marketplace after its current owner purchased it last year for $430,000.

A previous auction house says Elvis developed the interior that has gold-tone woodwork, red velvet seats and red shag carpet. However the red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar has no engine and requires a repair of its cockpit.

The plane was owned by Elvis and his dad, Vernon Presley.

It has been independently owned for 36 years and resting on a tarmac in Roswell, New Mexico.

Lindsay Goldstein, a spokesperson for IronPlanet, said the jet is still grounded in Roswell and the existing owner “has not made any changes to this piece of history.”

Images of the plane also reveal the outside in need of repair and seats of the cockpit torn.

A previous owner challenged an auction home’s claim the king of rock ‘n’ roll designed its red velour interior.

Roy McKay told KOB-TV in Albuquerque (https://goo.gl/GpE3zV) he created the interior himself. McKay said that when he bought the jet, it had a two-toned gray interior and “sort of appeared like a coffin.”

However then-GWS Auctions Inc. spokesperson Carl Carter informed The Associated Press the auction home is confident Elvis created the interior, which pictures reveal has red velour seats and red shag carpet.

IronPlanet likewise is positive Elvis developed its red velvet interior, Goldstein said.

Federal Air travel Administration records show no interior modifications were ever made to the jet, Carter said.

IronPlanet is accepting online quotes for the aircraft until July 27.

Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, on Jan. 8, 1935, and relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, with his moms and dads at age 13. He ended up being a leading figure in the new rockabilly scene by covering tunes initially performed by African-American artists like Big Mom Thornton (” Hound Dog”) and Arthur Crudup (” That’s All Right”).

His intriguing dancing and hit records turned him into among the 20th century’s most identifiable icons. Historians state his music likewise assisted usher in the fall of racial partition.

Elvis was 42 when he died on Aug. 16, 1977, in Memphis.

Warhol'' s Elvis portrait might fetch $30M at Christie'' s sale

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Kirsty Wigglesworth/ AP A painting by Andy Warhol called’ Double Elvis [Ferus Type] (1963) is displayed at Christie’s auction spaces in London, Thursday, April 5, 2018.

Thursday, April 5, 2018|4:23 p.m.

LONDON– An Andy Warhol painting of Elvis Presley– the artist’s only full-length picture– is for sale with an estimated price tag of $30 million.

” Double Elvis (Ferus Type)” illustrates the hip-swiveling artist holding a revolver, as he appeared in the 1960 Western “Flaming Star.”

The 1963 black-on-silver picture is being auctioned by Christie’s in New york city on May 17, alongside Warhol’s “Many Desired Men No. 11, John Joseph H., Jr.”

One of a series of mug shot images created by Warhol for the 1964 New York World’s Fair, it’s also expected to fetch $30 million.

The pictures are on screen at Christie’s London display room from Friday until Tuesday.

Christie’s modern art chairman Alex Rotter states the paintings are “really remarkable and early examples of Warhol’s profound understanding of fame.”

Activists postpone restore of Hawaii hotel with Elvis ties

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Dennis Fujimoto/The Garden Island/ AP In this Sept. 13, 2007, file photo, workers move the Coco Palms Resort system sales sign far from the Kuamoo Road side of the former resort in Wailua on the island of Kauai in Hawaii.

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018|12:55 p.m.

HONOLULU– Developers restoring a storied, hurricane-ravaged Hawaii hotel with a Hollywood connection were anticipating the Coco Palms’ renewal when two guys appeared in 2015, claiming to own the home because they come down from King Kaumualii, the last ruler of Kauai.

The men set up camp in tents and at the old tennis pro store at the shuttered resort, where Elvis Presley’s character got married in the 1961 movie “Blue Hawaii.” Typhoon Iniki required its closure in 1992.

” They merely just appeared and began squatting,” said Chad Waters, among the partners of Coco Palms Hui, the business leading the redevelopment.

Authorities were called, trespassing citations were composed, and a judge last month provided an order to evict them.

Ever since, a stream of protesters has actually come and gone, with some days simply a couple of demonstrators and others lots encamped at the resort near an ancient Hawaiian fishpond in the neighborhood of Wailua.

It’s the latest example of Native Hawaiian activists deciding on cultural problems and sacred places, such as challenging a huge telescope planned for a Hawaiian mountain and obstructing the U.S. military from utilizing an unoccupied Hawaiian island as a live-fire testing site.

The demonstration likewise comes in the middle of continued advocacy by native groups throughout the U.S., who have rallied over issues ranging from sports mascots to environmental causes such as the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines.

Efforts by The Associated Press to reach the two males in the Coco Palms case– Noa Mau-Espirito and Charles Hepa– by phone and online for comment were unsuccessful. However, Mau-Espirito in 2015 informed The Garden Island paper: “We have title to the land. We’re not camping. Our goal is to obtain all the households who have royal patents in Wailua back on their land.”

The judge disagreed with the males, ruling their claims don’t give them the right to occupy the residential or commercial property.

For Kaukaohu Wahilani, who flew from his house on Oahu to Kauai to support Mau-Espirito and others, it’s about standing up to the wrongs committed against Hawaiians– all the way back to the topple of the Hawaiian kingdom 125 years earlier.

” That was the place of kings, that was the location of alli,” he said, using the Hawaiian word for ruler or royalty. “It was a sacred place, and it still is.”

He and other Native Hawaiians want the location called by its traditional name, Wailuanuiahoano.

A minimum of 50 protesters collected at the website, bracing for law enforcement action, as the judge’s 6 p.m., Jan. 28, deadline to leave the property approached. However no police appeared, and the protesters stayed.

” I was type of hoping (police) would have showed up at 6 because we had a great deal of people there,” said Wahilani, a Native Hawaiian activist who considers himself a subject of the Hawaiian kingdom.

Last month, the accuseds filed a file stamped the “Hawaiian Judiciary Court of the Sovereign,” stating the judge in the Coco Palms case has to give up to law enforcement or face “immediate arrest.” In court documents, Judge Michael Soong called the filing nonsensical “legalistic mumbo jumbo.”

Five to 10 individuals have been at the home this week, Waters stated.

He and his partner requested help from state sheriffs.

Toni Schwartz, spokeswoman for the state Department of Public Security, stated only that the constables are pursuing a resolution with the property owner, Kauai cops and the protesters. “For safety and security reasons, we are not at this time, free to talk about any methods that might be utilized in any associated enforcement action,” Schwartz stated in a declaration.

Demolition started in 2016, with the objective of resuming in mid-2018. The clash has caused hold-ups, so the designers want to start building and construction soon after the protesters leave, Waters said.

The refurbished hotel will have 350 rooms, consisting of 22 master suites and about 50 junior suites. Hyatt will handle the hotel once it’s reopened.

Wailua was the political center of Kauai long prior to the resort opened in 1953 and Presley’s character crooned the “Hawaiian Wedding Song” while holding his bride’s hand and boarding a raft to cross a lagoon.

It’s where chiefs were born and lived, said Lilia Merrin, a teaching assistant at the University of Hawaii’s Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Research Studies. Because of its high amount of surface area water, it was ideal for loi, irrigated fields for farming the starchy veggie taro, a staple crop, she said.

Maturing in Wailua, Merrin understood of Coco Palms primarily as the hotel where household friends operated in service tasks prior to the cyclone. She learnt more about its Hawaiian significance in college. “If we comprehend these locations, we can better safeguard them,” she said.

Coco Palms Hui has actually planned because 2014 to set aside land at the resort for a community not-for-profit that will use lessons in Hawaiian culture, consisting of hula, lei making, Hawaiian language and ukulele.

The nonprofit likewise will supply hotel employees with a guide about Hawaiian culture and the historic Wailua area. The fishponds and lagoons are on the state historical registry and will be preserved.

Tyler Greene, the other partner of Coco Palms Hui, has said the resort will assist the island by supporting “healthy and lively activity for both the locals and visitors,” inning accordance with The Garden Island.

The Coco Palms fight was inspired by what protesters achieved against the Thirty Meter Telescope, which they stated would desecrate sacred Mauna Kea, Wahilani said.

Construction stopped in 2015 after 31 demonstrators were arrested on the mountain for blocking the work. A 2nd effort to reboot building and construction ended with more arrests and crews pulling back.

The project is now bound in legal fights.

” Mauna Kea brought us together, and ever since we’ve done fantastic things,” Wahilani said.

Donny Edwards takes Elvis’ stage for Westgate’s Homage to The King

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Donny Edwards is prepared to take the phase at the Westgate. By )

Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017|2 a.m.

. The Westgate Las Vegas is presenting lots of entertainment, casino promotions, food specials and more this month for its 40th Tribute to The King, commemorating Elvis Presley’s death on August 16, 1977.

The greatest pieces of the tribute are two performances of “The King Lives! Donny Edwards’ Elite Tribute to Elvis,” taking place on August 11 and 12 at the International Theater, the showroom where Presley performed 837 sold-out programs in between 1969 and 1976 (when the property was referred to as the International Hotel and then the Las Vegas Hilton).

Amazingly, it will be the first time the Las Vegas-based Edwards– the one and only Elvis tribute artist to have actually been given permission by Elvis Presley Enterprises to perform his show on the spiritual premises of Graceland– has actually had the possibility to sing on that stage.

“It’s probably the second-biggest thing I have actually done, after Graceland 4 years back,” states Edwards, who relocated to Las Vegas in 2003. “I have actually been in that display room a couple of times to see other acts. To be selected by the Westgate with the crew I work with to do the show we’ve been doing all around the world for this 40th anniversary is big. This is exactly what every Elvis tribute artist dreams of, to be on that stage.”

Edwards is understood for the authenticity in his efficiency, something he believes sets him apart from other homage performers and impersonators. Amongst his numerous regional gigs are his recent work at the South Point and a three-year stint carrying out at the Elvis-A-Rama Museum just west of the Strip, which closed in 2006.

“The [museum] was an actually distinct experience, particularly as a young person just entering into this organisation and doing it a certain way,” he says. “They were fantastic about letting me go in there and practice as much as I required and work on my abilities, and offering access to a great deal of footage many people don’t have. I attempt to pick up all the little nuances, the different variations of how he sang tunes.

“One issue I have is I prefer to do things the way Elvis did, even if the majority of his fans never ever saw him do it. I’ll do something and they’ll say Elvis never ever did it that way, however in fact he did and here’s the video footage. That’s taken place a couple times.”

Edwards is continuously looking into, particularly because his show doesn’t adhere to one era of The King’s achievement. He progresses through the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, ripping through around 30 songs with a 10-piece band. When he performs at the Westgate, the show’s final act will have him using the exact same attire and singing the same tunes Elvis did in that extremely space decades ago.

“When you go to Graceland you feel something there, and this has that very same feeling. It’s really sort of insane,” Edwards states. “This is the location he carried out the most throughout the world. It’s going to be a different sensation than any other stage, and I’m eagerly anticipating the honor of getting to do it there.”

“The King Lives! Donny Edwards’ Elite Tribute to Elvis” will exist at 7 p.m. August 11 and 12 at the International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas. Tickets begin at $22, any ages are welcome and more details can be found by calling 800-732-7117.

Decision expected next month in legal dispute over Elvis show

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John Locher/ AP In this April 23, 2015, image, a female trips an Elvis exhibition on the first day of “Graceland Provides Elvis: The Exhibition, The Program, The Experience” at Westgate Las Vegas. Numerous Elvis Presley artifacts and memorabilia are still being held by the gambling establishment, a year after the King’s estate filed a lawsuit to get those prized possessions back.

Thursday, April 20, 2017|2 a.m.

Hundreds of Elvis Presley artifacts and souvenirs are still being held by Westgate Las Vegas, a year after the King’s estate filed a suit to get those valuables back from a brief display.

Westgate Chief Operating Officer Mark Waltrip stated Wednesday that the items– including phase clothing, fashion jewelry and letters, to name a few artifacts from the profession, home and wedding event of Elvis– remain locked up at the gambling establishment site where the now-shuttered “Graceland Provides Elvis” tourist attraction once stood.

The disagreement stems from the 10-year leasing contract that Westgate alleges the exhibit defaulted on when it left the off-Strip casino space.

A judge ruled in Might 2016 that Elvis Presley Enterprises, which runs the Graceland destination in Memphis, Tennessee, might get them back by publishing a $9 million bond while the leasing problem was pending.

All parties rather consented to take the case into arbitration. Waltrip stated a judge’s decision is expected in the next month.

The Presley estate didn’t return calls and e-mails looking for comment.

Westgate took control of the items in February 2016 when the attraction, which included a museum exhibition, wedding event chapel and theater, closed down. The operator abruptly announced it was giving up, a move the casino recommended was caused by poor attendance and poor marketing and marketing efforts.

Westgate at the time likewise said that the display was defaulting on its lease. The gambling establishment said it spent millions of dollars equipping the area and was holding the items to recoup loan owed as part of the leasing arrangement.

The estate responded by submitting the lawsuit to obtain the products that it stated Westgate aggressively took without a genuine legal basis.

The attraction was open less than a year but had debuted with excellent fanfare in the exact same gambling establishment where Elvis carried out several hundred programs, back when it was referred to as the Las Vegas Hilton and The International. It was billed as the largest screen of Elvis memorabilia outside of his renowned Graceland.

The Las Vegas destination included a 28,000-square-foot exhibit that featured a turning display of Elvis products, consisting of the $1 million-a-year tablecloth contract that Elvis inked to carry out at exactly what is now the Westgate and the two-piece black tunic and single-button black suit that he used for his first performances there. There was also an Elvis Presley wedding chapel on website, which was featured on NBC’s “Today Program” when it hosted its very first event with the King’s ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, as the bride-to-be’s surprise matron-of-honor.

Westgate still holding Elvis Presley products looked for by estate

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John Locher/ AP In this April 23, 2015, photo, a female trips an Elvis exhibit on the very first day of “Graceland Presents Elvis: The Exhibition, The Program, The Experience” at Westgate Las Vegas. Hundreds of Elvis Presley artifacts and memorabilia are still being held by the casino, a year after the King’s estate submitted a suit to get those prized possessions back.

Thursday, April 20, 2017|2 a.m.

Hundreds of Elvis Presley artifacts and souvenirs are still being held by Westgate Las Vegas, a year after the King’s estate submitted a claim to obtain those belongings back from a brief exhibition.

Westgate Chief Operating Officer Mark Waltrip stated Wednesday that the products– consisting of stage outfits, precious jewelry and letters, among other artifacts from the career, house and wedding of Elvis– stay secured at the gambling establishment site where the now-shuttered “Graceland Provides Elvis” destination as soon as stood.

The dispute stems from the 10-year leasing arrangement that Westgate declares the exhibit defaulted on when it left the off-Strip casino space.

A judge ruled in May 2016 that Elvis Presley Enterprises, which runs the Graceland destination in Memphis, Tennessee, might get them back by posting a $9 million bond while the leasing problem was pending.

All celebrations instead consented to take the case into arbitration. Waltrip said a judge’s decision is anticipated in the next month.

The Presley estate didn’t return calls and emails looking for remark.

Westgate took control of the items in February 2016 when the attraction, which included a museum display, wedding event chapel and theater, closed down. The operator quickly revealed it was stopping, a relocation the gambling establishment suggested was triggered by poor attendance and bad marketing and marketing efforts.

Westgate at the time also said that the exhibition was defaulting on its lease. The casino said it invested countless dollars equipping the space and was holding the products to recoup money owed as part of the leasing contract.

The estate reacted by filing the suit to retrieve the items that it stated Westgate strongly took without a legitimate legal basis.

The tourist attraction was open less than a year however had debuted with great fanfare in the exact same casino where Elvis carried out several hundred shows, back when it was referred to as the Las Vegas Hilton and The International. It was billed as the largest display screen of Elvis memorabilia outside of his well known Graceland.

The Las Vegas destination consisted of a 28,000-square-foot exhibit that featured a turning display screen of Elvis products, including the $1 million-a-year tablecloth agreement that Elvis inked to perform at exactly what is now the Westgate and the two-piece black tunic and single-button black suit that he wore for his first performances there. There was also an Elvis Presley wedding event chapel on site, which was featured on NBC’s “Today Show” when it hosted its first ceremony with the King’s ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, as the bride’s surprise matron-of-honor.

Kevin Kern: Remarkable L.V. stories behind five artifacts at ‘Elvis: The Exhibit’.

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“Graceland Provides Elvis: The Exhibition, The Program, The Experience” opens at Westgate Las Vegas with Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley and Westgate owner David Siegel on Thursday, April 23, 2015, in Las Vegas.

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015|11:33 p.m.

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Classic Elvis photos greet visitors now hanging within Gracelands first-ever permanent exhibition outside of Memphis and in the Westgate Resorts on Thursday, April 23, 2015.Launch slideshow “

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Editor’s Note: As Robin Leach enjoys household time in La Jolla, Calif., after returning to the United States from his yearly Italian journeys, many of our Strip personalities have stepped forward in his absence to pen their words of wisdom. We continue today, as Elvis Presley fans prepare to honor the death of the King of Rock-and-roll on Sunday, with Kevin Kern at “Elvis: The Exhibit” at Westgate Las Vegas.

As an 11-year worker of Elvis Presley Enterprises, my profession focuses on keeping the King of Rock-and-roll’s tradition and his Memphis mansion Graceland in the spotlight– at Graceland and beyond.

April marked an expansion when we opened our very first permanent Elvis exhibition and official wedding chapel outside Memphis. Found at Westgate Las Vegas, “Elvis: The Exhibition” informs the story of a man who would be called King and his meteoric increase to fame, and artifacts from the family’s archives give visitors a front-row seat to the Elvis story and rock and roll.

So why did we choose Las Vegas? Las Vegas played a pivotal role in Elvis’ career and life, and occasionally we joke that exactly what occurs in Vegas began at Graceland. It’s not only where he married Priscilla in 1967, it’s the destination where he shattered box office records by carrying out more than 630 sold-out programs throughout a seven-year residency from 1969 to 1976.

And what better location to open our very first long-term exhibition than the extremely building where he took the stage by storm? While we call it Westgate Las Vegas today, the hotel was previously the International, the place Elvis called home in Sin City.

Now that you know why Las Vegas holds an unique place in our hearts at Graceland, I want to show you remarkable stories behind five of the rarest and most special artifacts hand-selected by our team for “Elvis”:

The Exhibition

Tablecloth Agreement: After Elvis’ first performance at the International in 1969, his supervisor Col. Tom Parker renegotiated his residency in the hotel coffee bar, now Sid’s Cafe.

Parker and hotel officers composed the agreement onto the table linen accepting a deal that totaled up to $1 million annually for 5 years. The table linen contract with Elvis, Parker and the execs’ signatures is on display in the Las Vegas display today, coffee stains and all.

Elvis’ First Jumpsuit: Jumpsuits are synonymous with Las Vegas, and individuals might unknown that the first one-piece Elvis ever put on was onstage right here.

After carrying out at the International for one year, Elvis asked outfit designer Costs Belew to produce an outfit that would enable him more flexibility to perform his signature karate kicks and hip sways onstage.

After the first– white with gold embellishments– each of Elvis’ 110 matches was more extravagant and flashy than the next. The first, in addition to plenty of others, is on display at the exhibit.

World Championship Attendance Record Belt: After completing 57 programs at the International, Elvis had actually already broken all existing world attendance records entertaining more than 130,000 fans in one month and producing more than $1.5 million in ticket sales alone.

On Aug. 28, 1969, the International presented Elvis with the World Champion Attendance Record Belt, an excessive, silver-and-gold-plated belt studded with diamonds, sapphires and rubies weighing roughly 35 pounds. The belt, which Elvis wore to satisfy President Richard Nixon, is a spectacular part of the exhibition.

1971 Prototype Stutz Blackhawk: The very first Stutz Blackhawk ever sold was to none besides Elvis. Frank Sinatra also was interested in the smooth black luxury vehicle, however Elvis’ quote triumphed, and the 1971 prototype was provided to Elvis at the International.

It became his favorite auto of the almost 200 he bought in his lifetime and is presently on screen close to his 1957 Harley and Priscilla’s 1962 Lincoln Continental.

Priscilla Presley’s Opening Night Dress: Designed by Elvis’ costume designer Belew, Priscilla’s striking outfit she wore on the opening night of Elvis’ very first show at the International is consisted of in the exhibition. The fuchsia-and-orange brocade floor-length gown with mink cuffs features beaded information.

An Elvis fan, music lover or history buff, this exhibit has something for everyone. The amazing artifacts from the vaults of the Graceland Archives on display make certain to not only impress, however likewise inform visitors about Elvis’ eternal connection to Las Vegas.

Long live the King.

Make certain to check out our other guest column today from Las Vegas vegan princess Stephanie Prather and 10 Questions with bestselling hometown author Wayne Allyn Root on his brand-new book “Unrelenting.” On Thursday, our guest writers are Rob Lyons of “Million Dollar Quartet” at Harrah’s, magician Murray Sawchuck’s homeless pets charity and Shannon McCallum’s tour of Aria’s luxury suites.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & & Famous” popularity has actually been a journalist for more than 50 years and has actually invested the previous 15 years providing readers the within scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at Twitter.com/ Robin_Leach.

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Westgate Las Vegas & & Gambling establishment As the location where Elvis Presley broke all Vegas program attendance records when it was still called the International Hotel, the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & & Casino is a time capsule of classic Vegas. Its name changed from the LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & & Casino in early 2012. While the sensation is conventional, the hotel has actually just recently spent millions in remodellings. From the visitor spaces to the pool deck, all surface areas were redesigned. Crystal chandeliers hang from the ceiling of the 74,000 square-foot casino, where there is high limitation slots. Simply off from the gambling establishment, there is the world’s biggest race and sports book, the SuperBook, including 350 seats, 28 giant screens highlighted with an enormous 15′ x 20′ screen for a grand overall of more than 60 seeing monitors. The dining choices at the home variety from the prize-winning Benihana, a Japanese steakhouse, to The Buffet, where visitors can enjoy the large selection of options. After supper, visitors can take advantage of the star-studded home entertainment. The hotel also makes it hassle-free to casino-hop as one of the stops on the Las Vegas Monorail.
3000 Paradise Road Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-732-5111

Elvis Presley ‘Permanently’ stamp goes on sale today

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Priscilla Presley greets passionate Elvis fans and newlyweds Dawn and Phillip Pratt after a dedication event for the new Elvis Forever stamp, the 2nd postal stamp for the music icon, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, in Memphis. Mayor AC Wharton, Mayor Mark Luttrell, and Megan Brennan, the USPS Postmaster General, spoke at the unveiling.

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015|6:40 p.m.

MEMPHIS, Tenn.– The Elvis Presley “Forever” stamp is going on sale soon at post workplaces across the country.

Priscilla Presley, ex-wife of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, joined Postmaster General Megan Brennan at a devotion event Wednesday outside Graceland, Presley’s longtime home in Memphis. Another ceremony is planned Thursday at the Elvis Presley Birth place in Tupelo, Mississippi.

The stamp, a black-and-white image of the young Elvis accompanied by Presley’s trademark in gold ink, is part of the Postal Service’s “Music Icons” series. The Postal Service likewise is exclusively launching “Elvis Presley Forever,” a CD of 18 Presley hits.

Presley was born in Tupelo on Jan. 8, 1935, and relocated to Memphis with his parents at age 13. He was 42 when he passed away on Aug. 16, 1977, in Memphis.