For sale: Elvis Presley's private jets at auction
Fly like a king
Two planes previously owned by 'The King of Roll 'n' Roll' will feature in the auction – the Hound Dog II and the Lisa Marie, which was named after Presley's only daughter. The planes are expected to fetch between $10 million and $15 million, the auction house said.
For the past 30 years the two planes have been on display at Presley's iconic Graceland home – his much-loved estate in Memphis, Tennessee.
Arguably the world's most famous entertainer, Presley bought the planes in 1975 – just 2 years before his sad death. The Lisa Marie is a Convair 880 that Elvis purchased from Delta Air Lines for $250,000, which can seat 29 people.
In true Elvis style, Presley spent over $250,000 to kit out the Lisa Marie with luxury amenities – a custom queen-size bed, a bathroom with gold faucets and washbasin, a stereo system with 50 speakers and a conference room all feature inside the small private plane. He had the plane painted red and emblazoned with the initials TCB – his motto, which stands for 'Takin' care of business'.
“It gives us an insight into how he lived and how Elvis, the King, traveled, and the lifestyle he lived, on board the Lisa Marie,” Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions, said.
Whilst the Lisa Marie was being refurbished, Presley bought the Hound Dog II, a Lockheed JetStar, for $900,000, which can seat 8–10 people.
The planes are up for sale via a sealed auction hosted by Julien's Auctions until February 2. Buyers also have the option of also purchasing several acres of land adjacent to the Graceland estate to display the planes.
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