New archive exhibit opens in time for Elvis Week

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — During Elvis week this year, fans are getting the chance to learn even more about the King.

Graceland has opened a brand new archive exhibit where some of the 80,000 items not currently on display at Graceland can be seen daily by visitors. It includes things like pictures from Elvis Presley’s first professional photo shoot, in Memphis in 1955.

“Less than ten percent of the collection is on display at Graceland, be it at the mansion or in our exhibition area. So, what we have is the archives experience which allows our archivists to put on a show every day,” said Kevin Kern with Elvis Presley Enterprises.

For the first time ever, visitors are also getting the chance to look over some of the 72 items that once belonged to Elvis and will be auctioned off at Graceland Thursday.

They can even bid on some of those items, via smart tablets, while they wait in line.

“It’s a little out of my price range. We won’t be bidding, but it is neat to see and dream about owning some of those things,” said Evelyn Biava.

All of the items on the auction block are from collectors, but have been authenticated by Graceland.

Graceland hopes to make the auction an annual event so even more people can have the chance to own a piece of the King.

The auction is Thursday at 7 p.m. at the new archive studio.

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