Elvis adds gloss to Bible show

14 September 2012

PA

A BIBLE (right) owned and annotated by Elvis Presley is to go on show in All Hallows' by the Tower, London, tomorrow. It was auctioned last week for £59,000 - more than double the auctioneer's estimate of £25,000.

The new owner, an American private collector who lives in the UK, has lent it for the exhibition "Bonuses, Benefits and Bailouts: The Morality of the King James Bible".

The 1600-page Bible, with gold-embossed leather cover, was given to Presley in 1957 by his Uncle Vester and Aunt Clettes, for his first Christmas at his home Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. He used it until his death on 16 August 1977, aged 42. It contains his handwritten notes and thoughts, such as: "There is a season for everything, patience will reward you and reveal all answers to your questions."

The curator of the exhibition, David Smith, said: "It will stand beside a rare copy of the 1953 Coronation Bible - the King's Bible alongside the Queen's."

The sale-room manager at Omega Auctions, Stockport, Karen Fairweather, said that there had been 300 people at the auction, and phone and online bidding. The Bible was part of a collection owned by a British Elvis enthusiast.

The exhibition is presented by the Museum of the Book and displays an evolving collection of manuscripts, first-edition Bibles, prayer books, and other artefacts. It is open: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-5.30 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., until 22 September. Admission free.

allhallowsbythetower.org.uk

 

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