Elvis seen wearing his iconic jumpsuit at MSG. This item along with the cape sold for over A$1.3 million at auction in September 2021 | Image Source: Elvis Information Network

Elvis Presley’s Madison Square Garden Jumpsuit and Cape Sell for Over A$1.3 Million

The legacy of the ‘King of Rock and Roll’ lives on. Elvis Presley’s stage-worn eyelet jumpsuit and cape sold for a combined A$1.36 million over the weekend at Kruse GWS Auctions.

Realising well above the jumpsuits A$470,000 and the capes A$33,000 opening bids, the sale marks the highest price paid for an Elvis jumpsuit and an Elvis cape has set a new world record price.

The outstanding sale of his iconic 1972 Madison Square Garden eyelet jumpsuit and cape represents not only a world record price, but is a true testament to the legendary reverence and love people still feel for him.

Brigitte Kruse, rounder and lead auctioneer of Kruse GWS Auctions

It’s no surprise, the iconic costume is a once-in-a-lifetime piece worn by Elvis Presley during his 1972 performance at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The American icon was the first person to sell out four consecutive shows at the venue performed from June 9th to 11th that year.

One of the most recognisable and highly photographed ensembles of Elvis’s career, the custom-made eyelet jumpsuit and embellished cape is the work of fashion mogul Bill Belew. The designer is well known for creating some of the rock and roll stars most famous wardrobe pieces and on-stage costumes.

Incredibly, the almost 40-year-old artifact still contains the IC Costume, Hollywood California tag still inside.

It’s obvious the popularity of the superstar remains as prominent as ever with collectors worldwide chasing his memorabilia. Unfortunately, very few items become available on the open market. This eyelet jumpsuit and cape have lived in a private collection for more than 30 years. The last time these items were offered to the public was at an auction in 1995.

The jumpsuit is authenticity certified by the Elvis Presley museum signed by founder Jimmy Velvet. The world’s leading authority on Elvis memorabilia, the pieces come with the description, “Elvis Presley’s Stage Jumpsuit, worn at the Madison Square Garden Concert”.

Alongside the prized items, Kruse GWS Auctions also featured a wide range of entertainment memorabilia. It was the Elvis collectables, however, that were the biggest hits. The highlights include an Elvis Presley jar of hair with extensive documentation, selling for over A$97,400 and Elvis Presley’s tuxedo tailcoat from the film Frankie & Johnny selling for just over A$100,000.

Other pieces include Elvis pieces include; a racing helmet from the film Viva Las Vegas, sold for A$31,900, his personal and stage-worn boots sold for A$38,650 and an Elvis Presley Custom Eagle Belt made by Mike McGregor sold for A$33,610

The legacy of the rock icon is clearly not going anywhere any time soon. Kruse GWS Auctions named the night an exciting opportunity for Elvis fans:

We are thrilled to have hosted such an exciting auction this weekend where fans and collectors from around the globe bid on extraordinary memorabilia from the life and career of Elvis Presley.

Brigitte Kruse

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