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- A highly rare Elvis Presley album signed twice by the King of Rock 'n' Roll
- Gifted to a fellow member of his U.S Army unit during his military service in Germany
Elvis Presley (1935 – 1977) was one of the most iconic and influential performers of the 20th century, known to his fans simply as "The King".
As one of the originators of rock and roll, he created a music style which changed the world and inspired generations of artists from The Beatles to the present day.
He remains the best-selling solo artist of all-time, with estimated record sales of 600 million, and performed over numerous styles including rockabilly, pop, blues and gospel.
Throughout his career Presley also appeared in more than 30 feature films, along with the 1973 'Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite' special which was seen by more than 1 billion people around the world.
Today millions of fans flock from around the world to visit his former home of Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, and rare items of his memorabilia regularly sell for tens of thousands of dollars at auction.
'Elvis' was Presley's second studio album, released in the U.S in October 1956, and featured a mix of original songs, country ballads and Little Richard covers.
The record also featured a version of 'Old Shep' – the 1940s country song that Elvis had first performed in a Tupelo talent contest when he was just 10 years old.
The album spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard Pop Albums chart, making Elvis the first recording artist to have their first two albums go straight to #1 in the same year.
Five months after the release of the album, Presley was inducted into the U.S Army. He was assigned to Company A of the 3rd Armored Division's 1st Medium Tank Battalion, and completed his basic training at Fort Hood, Texas before heading overseas.
This copy of the album was signed and inscribed by Elvis to a fellow member of the 3rd Armored Division whilst he was stationed in Friedberg, West Germany, and remained in the same family's collection for years.
The album bears Presley's signature in bold blue ink on the reverse of the album cover, and another inscribed "Many thanks! Elvis Presley" on the album's protective inner sleeve.
The album sleeve shows overall age wear, creases and scuffed edges/corners. The original vinyl record is still present within.
This record represents the first signed Elvis Presley album we've ever had the pleasure of offering at Paul Fraser Collectibles.
Bearing not one, but two bold signatures, it represents and superb opportunity and would take pride of place in any music fan's collection.
Paul Fraser Collectibles
J.K Rowling (1965-) is one of the best-selling authors in literary history.
As the creator of the Harry Potter series of novels, Rowling has sold more than 400 million books around the world, and the cultural phenomenon has spawned a media franchise of films and theme parks worth $25 billion.
Rowling has also been praised for her philanthropic work, and has raised tens of millions for good causes including Comic Relief and her own children's charity Lumos.
Following the conclusion of the Harry Potter series in 2007, Rowling published the adult fiction novel The Casual Vacancy in 2012.
In 2013 she also published her first crime novel The Cuckoo's Calling, featuring the private detective Cormorant Strike.
The novel was written under the pseudonym 'Robert Galbraith', and was critically acclaimed as a debut novel for a new crime author – until Galbraith's true identity was uncovered by reporters.
The Silkworm, published in 2014, is the second of Rowling's three detective novels written as Galbraith.
To date, the 'Cormorant Strike' series has sold more than two million copies worldwide, and has been adapted for television, with the series set to air in 2017.
This first-edition hardback copy of the book is signed by Rowling as "Robert Galbraith" on the title-page in black ink.
The book also includes an official J.K Rowling hologram sticker, which the author adds to signed copies of her books to authenticate them.
Complete with dust jacket, publisher's black cloth, spine lettered in gilt.