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The King's death on August 16, 1977, meant this pulsating red nylon jacket that was to be worn by his entourage on a scheduled post-summer tour would never be used. And yet, sadness turns to exhilaration by the words on the embroidered black, silver & red patch stitched onto the left chest -- "Elvis in Concert" -- for that is how he'll forever be remembered, and likely where this tortured man was happiest, burbling the R&B, rock and country songs that sparked a revolution in music and culture worldwide. The zippered jacket -- which also boasts a white arm patch reading "TCB" in gold over a gold lightning bolt (very rarely seen on Elvis memorabilia) -- has a very special and very personal history, as it once belonged to Ginger Alden, the 20-year-old beauty he was going to marry and to whom he had just given a $50,000 engagement ring shortly before his death at Graceland. Ginger's attachment to the jacket can be seen in the "Apollo by Holloway" label on the back of the neck, on which "Ginger" is hand-written in blue marker. Having never been worn, the jacket is near flawless and in its striking simplicity says as much about the man as his rendition of "Heartbreak Hotel" ever did. LOA from Ginger Alden.
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