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    "Peacock"Jumsuit sells

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    Lot #242: Elvis Presley 1974 Stage-Worn "Peacock" Jumpsuit
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    A centerpiece of our auction is this spectacular, beautifully appointed, concert-worn jumpsuit, nick-named the "peacock," worn by Elvis Presley extensively during a five-month stretch in 1974. Our research indicates that Elvis performed in the peacock jumpsuit for the first time during his matinee performance at the Forum in Los Angeles on May 11, 1974. It is quite likely that he took delivery of the peacock jumpsuit outfit that very day, as it was tailored expressly for Presley by Bill Belew, the renowned Los Angeles based designer. Belew, the man responsible for creating Presley's entire stage wardrobe between 1968 and 1977, beginning with the memorable black leather outfit and white suit worn by Presley on his 1968 comeback special, "Elvis," on NBC, was based in Hollywood with I.C. Costumes at the time. Presley kicked off his tour a day prior to the Forum appearance in nearby San Bernardino; the peacock making its debut at the evening Forum performance. Our research indicates that the peacock jumpsuit, said to be Elvis' favorite among all the fabulously ornate Belew creations, was concert worn nearly twice as often as any of the eleven different jumpsuits worn by Presley during the May to October tour; more than a dozen times in cities nationwide and, most likely, another dozen or more times during multi-week stands in Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas. The peacock made its final documented appearance in San Antonio on October 8; the tour ending a week later in Lake Tahoe. After a five-month respite from touring, an entirely new and equally flamboyant, Belew designed wardrobe was unveiled for The King's adoring audiences in March 1975. Elvis Presley's onstage persona is undeniably defined by Bill Belew's stunning designs worn by the King of Rock & Roll throughout the final decade of his life. Presley himself humorously quipped in 1970, "If the songs don't go over, we can do a medley of costumes." Only a few of the nearly 125 outfits designed by Belew for Presley have appeared on the collector's market since Presley's death; the "peacock," by far being the most desirable. The "peacock," of course, is the most glaring omission from the enormous Graceland collection. The one-piece, zippered jumpsuit is appointed with a heavily chain-stitched, rhinestone bejeweled peacock design on the front and back with tail feathers tapering off as they cascade down the entire length of the legs that flare at the bottom. The tailoring label reads "I.C. Costume Co. Hollywood, Ca." The most expensive of all of the Belew creations, the cost of the garment was $10,000. The jumpsuit is in excellent condition; the zipper in need of repair. Presley can be seen wearing the peacock jumpsuit on the cover of his 1975 album and single "Promised Land." Extensive photographic and filmed documentation exists of Elvis wearing the peacock jumpsuit. One of several websites exhibiting photos of the peacock jumpsuit being worn by Elvis onstage is: www.elvisconcerts.com. Estimate $275,000-$325,000.
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    what do u mean bidding is closed.....lets check my wallet.....i bid $326,000... ..4 it...thats my final offer ..this beautiful jumper is now mines
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    I say that this jumpsuit (as well as the Blue Nail & Red Matador (Burning Love) jumpsuit belongs in Graceland - why it's not there is beyond me!


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    Tony I believe this is the 2nd one...Quote me if I'm wrong but wasn't there 2 Peacocks? This was the back-up one?

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    There is no second "Peacock". Only a few suits were doubled or even tripled... The 1970 "Chain Suit" had three identical versions. There were two identical versions of the 1970 "Concho's". And the 1973 "American Eagle" also had two versions (with minor differences), but that's a bout all. After that suits were not doubled.....

    The 1972 "Blue Nail" does not exist anymore. But they should all belong to the Graceland Collection.....

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    Bunch Of Crap

    None of The Jumpsuit should be selling.
    It's Elvis' Clothes And It Belong To Graceland mansion.

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    I agree, all the jumpsuits should be displayed at Graceland...certainly not sold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Trout View Post
    I say that this jumpsuit (as well as the Blue Nail & Red Matador (Burning Love) jumpsuit belongs in Graceland - why it's not there is beyond me!

    yeah agree with you........but many jumps have been sold....like elvis 2 piece jumpsuit he used in the april 75 tour.....guess not much can be done to recover all the missing jumps and bring them back to home sweet home graceland..peacock is one of elvis most beautiful jumps
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leroy View Post
    There is no second "Peacock". Only a few suits were doubled or even tripled... The 1970 "Chain Suit" had three identical versions. There were two identical versions of the 1970 "Concho's". And the 1973 "American Eagle" also had two versions (with minor differences), but that's a bout all. After that suits were not doubled.....


    The 1972 "Blue Nail" does not exist anymore. But they should all belong to the Graceland Collection.....

    Thanks for the info, Mr. Leroy. That's weird....I thought that the "Blue Nail" was only in a severe state of disrepair....I guess that does mean "destroyed".....and that's so sad....does Sherif Hanna still own the "Blue Nail" suit even though it's in a complete state of disrepair?



    Quote Originally Posted by Dudcowboy_1 View Post
    Tony I believe this is the 2nd one...Quote me if I'm wrong but wasn't there 2 Peacocks? This was the back-up one?

    Love to all,
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    There was no second Peacock suit....just as there was no second "Mexican Sundial" suit.

    Leroy, if it was possible, it would be so freakin' awesome to spend a day with you learning 'bout the info on jumpsuits that you've learned through Butch Polston and the late Bill Belew.

    You are 'The Man' when it comes to jumpsuit info (as we all our own "Jumpsuit Junkie", Matt - although he needs to change the pic on the page for the 'Black Fireworks" jumpsuit - that's the same picture as the "Black Matador" jumpsuit.

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    Tony... as far as I know Butch once had a chance of looking at two of Elvis' jumpsuits in the past. These were the 1972 "Blue Nail" and the 1970 "Nail Swirl" (the one from the Love Letters album)... Both were in a terrible state... the fabric was completely worn out and most of the studding was gone..... Butch was offered to work on both suits but he didn't even started because of the bad state they were in. That is why I consider both as being lost....

    Luckily enough Elvis had two identical versions of the 1970 "Nail Swirl". One of them is on display at Graceland. I only wish the same could be said of the 1972 "Blue Nail", because it has always been one of my favorites.

    Butch did manage to make a perfect copy of the suit. If I was part of the staff of Graceland I would bid on every auction where an Elvis suit was on. And if it would be impossible to get them I would ask Butch and his staff to replace the missing ones by replica's.
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    Agreed Leroy. If the suits were impossible to acquire and display at Graceland, a copy should be made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leroy View Post
    There is no second "Peacock". Only a few suits were doubled or even tripled... The 1970 "Chain Suit" had three identical versions. There were two identical versions of the 1970 "Concho's". And the 1973 "American Eagle" also had two versions (with minor differences), but that's a bout all. After that suits were not doubled.....

    The 1972 "Blue Nail" does not exist anymore. But they should all belong to the Graceland Collection.....

    There are also 2 "Flames" suits at Graceland also

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    I know Max.... and to be honest I still wonder why because Elvis hated that suit. So a second version doesn't make any sense at all. The only difference between the two versions is the color of the kick pleats.....

    It's quite possible the designers weren't sure which color would be better: orange or yellow......

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