Elvis Presley’s Private Planes Up for Auction
Elvis Presley certainly enjoyed the high life, and now his fans (albeit ones with a lot of excess cash) have a shot at a piece of his lavish lifestyle as well. Julien's Auctions, known for auctioning several items for high-profile celebrities, will auction off two of Presley's private planes, the Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II.
The King of Rock and Roll used the Lisa Marie, named after his daughter, regularly for his own air transportation. Purchased on April 17, 1975, for $250,000, he refurbished the plane to include plush sleeping quarters, a penthouse bedroom with a custom-made queen-size bed, an executive bathroom with gold faucets and gold washbasin, a videotape system linked to four televisions, a stereo system with fifty speakers and a conference room. With renovations, the total cost of the plane came in at more than $600,000.
The Hound Dog II was purchased by Presley, also in 1975, while waiting for the Lisa Marie to be completed. Although the Lisa Marie could carry 28 passengers, the Hound Dog II comfortably sat only 8-10 passengers. Still, the cost of the plane and refurbishment came in at $900,000.
The Lisa Marie flew its last flight in 1977, transporting Presley's former wife, Priscilla Presley, and actor George Hamilton to Presley's funeral.
Both planes, which are currently on display at Graceland, are being offered exclusively through Julien's in a sealed bid auction now through Feb. 2. Find more information on the auction and the planes' histories here.