Friday, January 02, 2015

Elvis Presley's private planes up for sale

(USA TODAY) Elvis Presley's luxury planes, the Lisa Marie and Hound Dog II, are up for sale in a sealed bid auction at Julien's Auctions

The planes have been on display at Graceland for the past 30 years, according to the tourist attraction's website.

Elvis bought the Lisa Marie, a Convair 880 jet, from Delta Airlines on April 17, 1975, for $250,000. After refurbishing, it was valued at $600,000.

The jet named after the late rock 'n' roll legend's only child included a penthouse bedroom with a custom queen-sized bed, and a bathroom with gold faucets and gold washbasin.

"It gives us an insight into how he lived and how Elvis, the King, traveled onboard the Lisa Marie," said Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien's Auctions, in a video posted to YouTube.

It can hold 29 people, and typically eight-10 people traveled with Elvis at any one time, Nolan added.

The Hound Dog II is a Lockheed JetStar that Elvis bought in 1975 while waiting for the Lisa Marie to complete its renovation. It cost nearly $900,000, according to the auction house.

The two planes will be auctioned off through the sealed bid Friday through Feb. 2.

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(Photo: Adrian Sainz, AP)

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