Exhibition of Elvis Presley´s things have begin today in Prague. Exhibited things include Elvis´s guitar from 68 Comeback Special, costume used in 1972 MSG show, his last Cadillac (bought in 1974) and many other things (all in all 50 things).
I´ll let you know more about this exhibition - I´m going to see it (and I hope that it will be allowed to make photos). It´s in big Prague shopping center - free entrance.
Czech press article about exhibition:
Those suits are fakes.
Here is the fake King of Spades you photographed in Prague next to the real one in Graceland:
Elvis' King of Spades never had those very light blue coloured stones on the front; and the line of gold rivets along the front "V" of the chest are a little too big on the fake Prague suit. If you look at Elvis' suit, these metal embellishments are smaller.
A closer comparison of the shoulder detail on the fake vs. the real suit reveals a number of differences:
FAKE CAPE- PRAGUE
REAL CAPE- GRACELAND
The main giveaway that these suits in Prague are not genuine is the complete lack of wear and tear on them. They look too new. As was the case at the Paul Lichter auction in Bonhams of London in 1999 where replica concert belts were being passed off as originals- they simply looked too new (and of course on the fakes the front buckles actually attached to the belt with metal poppers lol!) and did not show any signs of having ever been worn.
Also the brass nailheads on Elvis' suits have tarnished with age, but the nailheads on the fake suits are still a brilliant gold colour- as though they were made yesterday......which they probably were.
The organisers of this Prague exhibition should by rights be reported to EPE for fraud.
Last edited by JRtherealJR; 04-30-2011 at 03:42 PM.
Then I´m VERY sorry for posting it here.... Fraud is strong word for it - its exhibited in Shopping center in glass showcases "for free"... You dont pay any entrance, BUT and that´s true - it was used as promotional action for that Shopping center....
Its strange, because it was promoted as part of tour of that things around Europe - so I thought that it was made with cooperation of EPE... But now I have to admit that it´s very doubtful. To be honest, it was said that this exhibition is insured for 150 mil CZK (around 8,5 mils USD) probably in belief that it´s genuine stuff, I really dont want to know what would happen if ANY thing would lost... I´d like to know now the situation about that Cadillac, guitar, TTWII costume etc - whats genuine, what´s replica.... It was clear that the paper stuff is all copied, BUT that guitar and car....
That's OK Peter, anyone can make a mistake.
Can you tell me how the organisers are promoting this exhibition? Is it an Elvis-only exhibition? You mentioned in your post that it was a tour of "things" around Europe. What are the other items it is touring with?
If the organisers are leading people to believe that these are the actual costumes Elvis wore then they are committing fraud- but it all depends on how they are advertising the exhibition.
I must say, it's hard to see how they would promote it otherwise because there isn't a big market for touring exhibitions of Replica Elvis costumes- only originals. So I must assume that these items are all being advertised as genuine- when at least one of the suits (the King of Spades) is a fake.
These would be ideal for fake Elvis'. ETAs for example.
Of course, they are promoted as genuine, BUT I think that they simply believed that they are genuine. As I remember, it was said that Prague stop is part of the "European Tour" of that things - last time that was exhibited in Slovakia, now it should go to Austria, but I´m not sure about it. That is ONLY Elvis exhibition - promoted as exhibition of his things which were borrowed from Memphis for the first time... Important thing is, that they have exhibition trustee who probably made error. I really dont know....
It's sad that they promote it as "genuine", but since it's for free, it's a good way to promote the memories of Elvis anyway.
ELVIS.....BEHIND BLUE EYES....ALWAYS THE KING...
A few years ago, I have seen exactly this exhibition in Switzerland (also in a big shopping center). The entrance was free there, too and they had exactly the same items...
Later I read that the whole exhibition was probably fake.
Does anyone know if any of the items are genuine?? Would be interesting to know
Don't you think it's a little strange that this exhibition has obviously been 'touring' for several years already in Europe and EPE has never heard anything about it??? Because I think if they knew they would 'prohibit' it immediately.
This suit was "strange" too - look at that left shoulder and collar.... I noticed that on that exhibition so I had to photograph it, and now... But at least one thing was possible - they sold nice items in "fanshop" - basically official FTD catalogue, some cups, glasses, calendars etc. One CD looked very suspiciously - it was dated to Vegas 1971, probably bootleg CD. Fact is, that I bought Rocking Across Texas 2CD - cheaper than ordered it in only Czech online store who is importing it (different is few USD).
http://www.oc-sestka.cz - see the video. That guy is our Czech Tribute artist, but things are really promoted as original. Translated quote: "exhibited items comes partly from private collections and partly are borrowed from Elvis´s museum in Memphis"....
According to that site the guitar is owned now by some casino. I've also heard once it was displayed in some Hard Rock Cafe in Texas, but that was probably no the original either.
Hagstrom was still producing the Viking II (the same model Elvis used in '68) until 1979, so in vintage instrument dealers, the Viking II is not that hard to find, although is an expensive guitar. I know a guy on a band over here that has an identical one.
To bad, politics screw up the original Hagstrom company, and the Viking II they are ofreing today in their Vintage series is no longer the same one, now they got cheap pickups and quality is not the same. Thumbs down for those guys!
Last edited by Raised on Rock; 05-01-2011 at 12:03 PM.
I have a huge request for ANY fan who was in Graceland and have a pictures of Memphis (1973 Arabian) suit, or photos of Eyelet suit. I´m in contact with people who arranged the Czech leg of this exhibition and he is very... confused. He clearly wants to discuss it, and maybe (!) that he will do some legal action, because he just believed that he brought genuine items. So if there is any fan who was in Graceland and have a good shots of these suits - just for compare with that fakes exhibited in Prague - it would be great, but I need a legal photographs, not downloaded from somewhere.... Thanks so much. We have a chance to stop this!
It's a nice exhibition Peter, thanks for sharing. Even though not everything might be genuine, at least they promote Elvis.
By the way, I never understand why they rarely show the jumpsuit properly. If I were them I would use a doll of Elvis' size (without the head) to show them. If I would be running Graceland, I'd let artists make wax dolls of Elvis, looking the way he did while wearing that particular jumpsuit.
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the correct name for the suit is the memphis king suit [named back in the day by fans] it is a terrible copy and suits all impersonators .
I saw the Memphis King and cape on display at Graceland in 2007 and 2008 so assume it is now back inthe archives. (my pix did not turn out good enough to post....) Have never seen the Double Porthole on display.
Now it´s time for legal action from EPE!!!
The Austrian promotion agency still promote the things as genuine - but they are not. Time for legal action against them!