Good news for anyone with some spare cash wishing to own a piece of Rock and Roll history. Elvis’ first ever private jet that he owned along with his father Vernon has gone up for auction online.
Custom-made to The King’s specifications featuring gold embellishment, woodwork, red velvet seats and a red shag carpet, the 1962 Lockheed Jetstar has been sitting idle for years in the famous “aircraft boneyard” in Roswell, New Mexico. Throughout its time there the plane has proven to be a popular tourist attraction, drawing visitors from all around the world.
The aircraft is now being sold without reserve by GWS Auctions Inc, with live Internet bidding available through LiveAuctioneers.com. The winner will receive ownership papers as well as the jet, which has an estimated value of $2 million to $3.5 million.
While it is unlikely that Elvis fans will be taking to the sky in the old aircraft (the engines have been removed), the plane has the potential of being fully restored and placed in an exhibit. It is one of only 204 aircrafts of its kind manufactured between 1957 and 1978, and it currently the only privately owned plane that belonged to Elvis, with the only other two in existence being owned by The Elvis Presley Museum.
The jet headlines a collection of over 315 pieces of celebrity memorabilia, which includes the long lost handwritten memoirs of The Beach Boys from the personal collection of co-founder Mike Love’s father, as well as lost photos of Aaliyah, Nelson Mandela, Tom Hanks, River Phoenix, Madonna, James Brown, Ray Charles, Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and others.
Parties interested in the jet should hurry however, as the lot is only open for another three days. Bidding on the item currently stands at $351,000. The listing is available at LiveAuctioneers.com.