THE JIM CURTIN COLLECTION IS THE LARGEST IN THE WORLD.
IT IS VALUED AT $2 MILLION.
AND WAS AMASSED AS A RESULT OF NEARLY FOUR (4) DECADES
OF RESEARCH ON ELVIS
SOME OF THE COLLECTION CONTAINS:
- 25,000 photographs on Elvis
- 10,000 feet of Super 8mm, unedited silent film
of Elvis in concert wearing jumpsuits never before seen on film
- 14,000 facts about Elvis, his family, career, friends
- 2,500 unknown stories about Elvis, his family, friends,
career and family
- 25-30 audio interviews of the King
- 10,000 individual collectibles ranging from the 1950s
to the present, many of which are rare and one of a kind
- $500,000 worth of movie memorabilia -- the only complete
collection in the world!
SOME OF THE RAREST COLLECTIBLES INCLUDE:
- The only 2 existing Ed Sullivan show tickets when Elvis
appeared on it in 1956
- The rarest RCA Victor record in the world, made for
the AcademyAwards for his 1966 song, ‘I’ll Be Back
- 3 jumpsuits worn by Elvis, one given toJim by Elvis
as a gift! (it is the only jumpsuit that Elvis has ever given
to any person)
- Every promotional record on the SUN label (from 1954
to 1955), which have been personally signed by Elvis to Jim
- The world’s only complete movie memorabilia collection on Elvis.
"NOT EVEN GRACELAND, ELVIS' ESTATE CAN COMPARE TO
JIM CURTIN'S COLLECTION !"
THE COLLECTION AND JIM CURTIN'S LIFELONG INTEREST AND
KNOWLEDGE ON THE KING
HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED AND ACKNOWLEDGED BY MANY SOURCES
INCLUDING GRACELAND, ELVIS' ESTATE, WHERE JIM'S MANY
GIFTS, PERSONALLY GIVEN TO ELVIS,
ARE OR HAVE BEEN DISPLAYED TO THE PUBLIC AT VARIOUS TIMES.
THESE GIFTS INCLUDE:
- a uniquely embellished Gibson J-200 guitar: black
with mother of pearl crowns on pick guard and
Elvis’ full name on the finger board
- a custom-made solid brass 12” high Liberty Bell for
the Bicentennial with engraved plaque
- eighteen (18) volumes on karate and the martial arts
- a red velvet crown trimmed with fur and semi-precious
- a custom-made 14kt.,gold King’s crown ring with 3 turquoise
- a custom-made leather karate belt with 3 hand tooled/carved
ACCORDING TO ONE OF ELVIS' PERSONAL SECRETARIES, THE RED
VELVET CROWN IS REPORTED
TO HAVE SAT ON ELVIS' DESK AT HIS HOME IN GRACELAND
TILL THE DAY HE DIED.
ADDITIONALLY, THE GIBSON GUITAR GIVEN TO ELVIS
BY JIM, WAS REPORTED MANY TIMES
TO HAVE BEEN ELVIS' FAVORITE INSTRUMENT.
THIS INFORMATION CAME FROM VERNON AND VESTER PRESLEY.
ELVIS ALSO USED THE INSTRUMENT OFTEN AT GRACELAND AND
WAS EVEN REPORTED
TO HAVE BEEN USED ON STAGE SEVERAL TIMES ACCORDING TO
BILLY SMITH, ELVIS' COUSIN.
THE GUITAR IS NOW DISPLAYED IN THE GRACELAND "UP
CLOSE" MUSEUM IN MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE
TO READ THE STORY OF HOW AND WHEN JIM GAVE ELVIS
THIS GUITAR AND SOME PICTURES OF IT,
GO TO THE "JIM AND ELVIS" PAGE OFF THE MENU
THE GRACELAND ESTATE HAS SINCE 1997, COMMISSIONED
THE GIBSON GUITAR CORP., TO MANUFACTURE
250 LIMITED EDITION GUITAR REPLICAS OF THE GUITAR JIM
CUSTOM-MADE FOR ELVIS THE REPLICA
GUITAR IS CALLED "THE KING OF ROCK GUITAR". EACH
SELLS FOR $4000.00
THESE TWO ITEMS:
THE GIBSON J-200 GUITAR AND THE RED VELVET, WHITE FUR
TRIMMED CROWN, WERE
ALSO PHOTOGRAPHED AND FEATURED ON THE BOX OF THE
"THE KING: 1000 INTERLOCKING PIECES" (EPE Inc.
- Hallmark Inc.)
THE ACME VIDEO COMPANY IN WALES, UK, DID A SPECIAL
PROGRAM ON THE PRESLEY PHENOMENON
FEATURING DOZENS OF PHOTOS FROM JIM'S BOOK, UNSEEN ELVIS
(it aired all over western Europe in August 1997)