Lonely Planet Writer

Want to buy a piece of Rock 'n' Roll history? Elvis Presley's first private jet is up for auction

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.

Elvis Private Jet up for auction
The 1962 Lockheed Jetstar owned by Elvis Presley. Image by GWS Auctions / LiveAuctioneers.com

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 red velvet seats of Elvis Presley's lockheed jet
The interior was designed by Elvis and features lush red velvet seats. Image by GWS Auctions / LiveAuctioneers.com

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.

The cockpit of the elvis' 1962 private jet.
The cockpit of the aircraft. Image by GWS Auctions / LiveAuctioneers.com

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.

marble-topped sink in Elvis' private jet
A marble-style sink in the jet. Image by GWS Auctions / LiveAuctioneers.com

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.

Elvis private jet up for auction in roswell new mexico
The jet has sat on a runway in Roswell, New Mexico for 30 years. Image by GWS Auctions / LiveAuctioneers.com

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.