For Over 30 Years, Elvis' Jet Sat In A "Boneyard" - It's Being Auctioned For Millions

Those with an extra $3.5 million sitting around will want to listen up, as an incredibly rare gem is headed to auction. For everyone else, you’ll still want to pay attention as you’re about to take a stroll down Lonely Street before detouring to the Heartbreak Hotel.

After drowning your sorrows for a few, you can perk back up by taking a look at a private jet that once belonged to the King of Rock-n-Roll, Elvis Presley.

Presley’s last privately-owned jet is headed to auction, and it’s expected to fetch somewhere between $2 million and $3.5 million. With such a hefty price tag, you would expect a plane that’s befitting a king. You would be more than correct in that assumption.

“This aircraft has never been restored and features original external painting and detailing, as well as original interior,” the listing reads in part. “The interior was custom designed to Elvis' specifications. Down to the gold-tone, woodwork, inlay and red velvet seats and red shag carpet.”

Brigitte Kruse, owner of GWS Auctions, notes that this jet will make a fine addition to the collection of virtually anyone that can afford it.

“This jet is a remarkable find and is being sold by a private collector. It has attracted a lot of tourists in Roswell, and it still has the original woodwork, inlay, red velvet seats and red shag carpet,” she says.

Kruse continues, “It has the potential to be fully restored and made the centerpiece of a major exhibit. This is the only jet owned by Elvis that is still owned privately, he owned it with his father Vernon, from what we understand it's a very early asset.”

Despite its age, Kruse notes that it’s in fine shape, with the exception of the fact that it can’t fly anymore.

“The first thing that came to my mind when the seller contacted me was what kind of shape the jet would be in. It had been sitting for 30 years, so I believed it had to be dilapidated but it isn't at all,” Kruse added.

“The owner chose the location because of the altitude and air quality so that it was not exposed to rust or oxidised. It's in impressive condition for being in the desert for 30 years, inside is impeccable, the engine has been taken out, but it's a perfect exhibit piece.”

In spite of the hefty price tag, we can expect this gem to attract a ton of interest at the auction.

“Whether that's for a museum, casino or someone looking for a focal point it will be an amazing piece. Elvis was known for getting pieces with diamonds for onstage, this is a substantial piece compared to the others he owned,” Kruse continued. “There is no reserve on any of these pieces, so it will sell for what it's worth.”

This is an incredibly rare chance to own a piece of rock-n-roll history, and it’ll be interesting to see who walks away with this gem.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: GWS Auctions Inc., LiveAuctioneers via Travel + Leisure

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