See how much it takes to bag Elvis Presley's only pair of blue suede shoes, as they're sold at LA's renowned Julien's Auctions...
Elvis Presley’s only pair of blue suede shoes have been sold at auction as part of Julien’s Auctions renowned Rock n’ Roll memorablia lot in Los Angeles.
Selling for a whopping £48,000 at the celebrity auction house, the genuine stage attire actually came in just under the tipped price of around £53,000.
‘These shoes were to Elvis what the white subway dress was to Marilyn Monroe,’ said auctioneer, Darren Julien.
Thought to be the only blue suede shoes belonging to Elvis’ flamboyant wardrobe, the legendary singer is said to have bought them after the success of his chart hit in 1956.
They quickly become a staple of Elvis’ stage getup though, with the soles showing signs of ‘circular wear’ as a result of his signature gyrating.
Oh, those hips just don’t lie.
Museum owner Chris Davidson was the previous owner of the iconic shoes, having acquired them in 1994 to display at Elvis-A-Rama institution in Las Vegas.
Elvis had originally given them to his best man, Joe Esposito, during a wardrobe clear-out after returning from duty with the US Army in 1960.
Now owned by a collector, the recent sale included a letter sent in 1956 from the manager of Elvis’ costume suppliers, Nudie’s Rodeo, asking for his clothing and shoe sizes. A pencil note then made on the letter reveals Elvis was a 40in chest, a 32in waist and wore size 10 shoes.