Elvis Presley’s Iconic Blue Suede Shoes Reel In Over $150,000 At Auction

It was definitely one for the money as a lucky collector danced away with Elvis Presley’s blue suede shoes. A pair of the iconic shoes the “King of Rock and Roll” wore on-stage during the 1950s raked in $151,689 at the Henry Aldridge & Son auction on Thursday.

Elvis Presley blue suede shoes
Elvis Presley blue suede shoes. (credit: Henry Aldridge & Son)

The auction hit the pre-sale estimates of between $125,000-$150,000.

“Elvis wore these iconic blue suede shoes during the 1950’s on and off stage. During his performance on the Steve Allen show, July 1, 1956, Elvis mentions wearing the shoes before singing ‘I Want You, I Need You, I Love You,'” the auction house writes in the description lot. “In 1958, the night before Elvis left for the Army he gave these shoes to close friend & entourage member, Alan Fortas. The heel of each shoe is stamped ‘Nunn-Bush’ and inside of each shoe is stamped 10-1/2 stating the shoe size. There is a lot of history wrapped up in these well worn blue suede shoes which are synonymous with the name Elvis Presley.”

Fortas, Presley’s close friend and ranch foreman at the Circle G Ranch, kept the shoes for decades before being put up for auction. The shoes were authenticated by Jimmy Velvet, the rocker’s friend and original president and CEO of the Elvis Presley Museum.

“The price, for me, reflects the importance of such an iconic object,” auctioneer Andrew Aldridge tells CBS News. “When you think of Elvis, you probably think of upturned collars, Las Vegas and blue suede shoes.”

Presley opened his legendary “Elvis Presley” 1956 album with a cover of “Blue Suede Shoes.” Presley’s single reached No. 20 on the Billboard charts at the time.

“They [the shoes] are just an exceptional piece of show business, music and popular culture memorabilia,” Aldridge explains to BBC News.

In 2013, another pair of Presley’s blue suede shoes nabbed $75,000 at auction.

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