Previous owner of Elvis jet says he designed red interior

May 25, 2017, 02:00
Previous owner of Elvis jet says he designed red interior

Now, however, another one of his jets, that was previously a tourist attraction at the Roswell International Air Center in New Mexico, is being auctioned off.

Presley's red Lockheed JetStar, which is missing its engines, will be sold on May 27 to the highest bidder, according to the Miami Herald.

"Mom said 'Can you image flying around sitting on red velvet seats?' But it is Elvis to a T", said Cynthia Thompson, who was born in Roswell. The plane is set to be auctioned after sitting on a runway in New Mexico for 30 years. "This jet has the potential of being fully restored, and placed on exhibit for the world to come see".

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Presley's jet is now owned by a private collector and there's no reserve on the auction. This year, Elvis Week takes place on the 40th anniversary of his passing.

I happen to know someone that this 1962 Lockheeed Jetstar would be pretty ideal for, although he has temporary use of another jet at the moment.

It's said that the plane was "One of the first Elvis owned... he spent hundreds of thousands modifying it".

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GWS Auctions Inc. of California said on its website the plane will be auctioned May 27 at an event in California featuring celebrity memorabilia including handwritten notes from The Beach Boys and lost photos of the late R&B singer Aaliyah.

The auction house hosting the sale of Elvis Presley's plane has estimated the value of the Lockheed Jetstar to be worth $3.5 million, but it is conceivable that the plane could end up selling for far more than the suggested amount.

There are two other Elvis planes in existence; they're both at the Elvis Presley Museum in Memphis. The Lisa Marie, for example, is one of Elvis Presley's more well-known planes and is now in Memphis, Tennessee at his Graceland home. Historians say his music also helped usher in the fall of racial segregation.

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