Lisa Marie Presley Appears at the Roxy, on Sunset Blvd., 2012
Lisa Marie Presley appeared at The Roxy in Hollywood, on June 26th – as part of her eleven-city tour across the country. I decided to check out her show and try for a few autographs.
Lisa Marie Presley is a fairly difficult autograph to obtain in person. The last time I’d seen her in town was about three years ago. She’s always been a sweetheart about signing – but she’s very camera shy and typically surrounded by staff and security. It’s simply not always easy to get near her much less ask for an autograph.
Take a look at what happened to my autographed copy “Elvis: By The Presleys” book — it’s a bit heart-breaking:
Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley Autographs run into each other. Jerry Schilling’s signature in blue.
Notice how the top two signatures look like one continuous autograph? That’s actually TWO separate autographs: Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley. The autograph in blue is Jerry Schilling, one of Elvis Presley’s long-time associates and friend.
Although the signatures look a bit odd – I was still very happy to get the book signed. You rarely run across this title autographed by either Priscilla or Lisa Marie – much less BOTH of them. It’s simply a very uncommon autographed title.
I was very reluctant about trying to get this book autographed by Lisa Marie… Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling had already signed the book upon arrival at the club – and Lisa can be somewhat ‘eccentric’ and ‘unpredictable’ at times. Again, she’s really a sweetheart but its so easy to botch up a valuable item when you attempt to ‘complete’ it with everyone’s autograph.
When you attempt to add more than one signature to a book (or any collectible for that matter) there’s just so many things that can go wrong. You really have to ask yourself, “Is it worth ruining this item to get this other autograph?”
That was the situation I found myself in after Priscilla autographed this book for me. Pricilla’s autograph on a book is valuable with or without anybody else’s signature. I guess the ‘autograph collector’ in me got the best of me that night though. I just HAD to try to get Lisa Marie to sign the book.
UGH – that may have been a mistake.
As you can see by the signatures – Lisa Marie wrote over the tail-end of her mother’s autograph! She had an entire page to write her name and she decided to write over another signature!! What the hell is wrong with this gal, anyway? As you might imagine – I was a bit disappointed. I didn’t cry – but a single tear did begin to well in my eye.
This is why highly-desirable autographed books with multiple signatures are typically so valuable. Sometimes I think the average buyer just doesn’t understand all the work that goes into getting multiple autographs on an item. You not only have to track down each and every person – which could take years. You also have to worry about keeping the item in good shape each and every time you take it out in the field. It’s amazing how easy it is to bang-up and damage a nice collectible when you’re hauling it around on the streets.
Beyond that, you’re asking each celebrity to add their autograph WITHOUT ruining the other celebrity signatures already on the item. That’s often the most difficult thing to do.
I remember I once got Robert Pattinson to sign a Twilight poster for me. It was a great autograph. I thought: “Wow, this is probably worth $300 with just Pattinson’s signature.” Really, all you need for a collectible Twilight item is Pattinson. The next thing I knew though, I started spotting some of the other members of the casts. I was able to get ALL of the leading cast members to complete the poster. The item looked amazing. It was quite valuable at this stage. Did I stop there? NO – of course not. I spotted some ‘third tier nobody’ actress from the film and decided, “what the heck – may as well add this gal too.” What do you think she does? She writes her name HUGE — I mean bigger than anyone else on the poster – right ON TOP of Pattinson’s autograph. I don’t mean “touching his signature” — I mean, directly on top of his autograph!! I could have strangled her. The poster was basically destroyed.
Anyway- that’s a good lesson. Don’t get too greedy. If you have a really nice autograph on a item, you may want to just leave it ‘as is’ rather than risk ruining or damaging the piece. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard of collectors working on a piece for years and then the last guy to sign it ruins the item.
Another time, I worked on getting a movie book signed. It took me weeks to get everyone in the cast to sign the book. The item was completed. I then ran across the author of the book – just a complete no-name author. Still, I thought it would be nice to add his name to the book because he authored it, after all. I walked up to the guy and said, “Excuse me sir, would you mine adding your name to my book?” He was so happy. No one had ever asked this guy to sign his book before. He said, “Oh – that would be so wonderful. I have a special gold pen. Do you mind if I sign it with that?” The guy pulls a gold paint pen out of his pocket and starts to sign my book… the paint pen suddenly CRACKS IN HALF spilling the golden ooze all over my book!! It was completely destroyed. I was so pissed that yelled at the guy. I mean, the guy felt bad and he started trying to wipe up the paint with a napkin. The paint just smeared all over the pages. It was a complete mess. I just dropped the book into the trash as I left the store.
Anyway, getting back to the Presleys….
I’m sort of an oddity when it comes to book collecting. You really don’t see many professional book resellers out in the field tracking down celebrity autographs. Most book resellers simply rely on easy “official” book signings. I don’t work that way. I track down difficult names and try to get them to sign books they wouldn’t otherwise sign. Most of the time I only have a few brief moments with the celebrities to convince them to sign. They autographs are typically rushed. Any book can easily be increased in value or ruined completely with the quick swipe of a pen. These are the dangers that come with the territory.
Check out the photos below: I’ve covered some of the signatures below so you can get a better look at Priscilla Presley’s and Lisa Marie’s autographs separately….
Priscilla’s signature with Lisa Marie’s autograph blocked out
Lisa Marie Presley’s signature with Priscilla’s autograph blocked out
What can you do? The two Presley signatures in the book run into each other. Still, it’s a very uncommon autographed book. Let’s face it – the book is still pretty cool. Its autographed by two Presleys for crying out loud!
I did a search on-line for signed copies of this title. I couldn’t locate a single other signed copy of this book listed on ABEBOOKS or eBay that has been autographed by both Priscilla and Lisa Marie. I know that other copies exists - but they rarely turn up for sale. Considering the difficulty I had obtaining these two autographs, and the rarity of signed copies - it’s still a pretty collectible book.
I’ve listed the item for sale on my eBay account. If anyone is interested, you can check out this book and other items I have for sale by FOLLOWING THIS LINK.
COLLECTING THE PRESLEYS
I pretty much always try to obtain autographs from Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Presley whenever possible. Elvis Presley was truly the King of Rock and his extended family are now considered ‘Rock’n'Roll Royalty’ by most fans. Generally speaking, the Presleys have always been extremely kind to autograph collectors. The late Elvis Presley was well-known for signing autographs and posing for photos. Over the years, I’ve probably gotten Priscilla to autograph items for me at least six or seven times – and Lisa Marie has signed for me on three ocassions. I’ve never obtained a signature from Lisa Marie’s daughter, Elvis’ grand-daughter, actress Riley Keough- but I’d certainly add her to my collection if presented with the opportunity.
NIGHT AT THE ROXY
Here’s how it all went down:
I arrived early at the venue to catch Lisa arriving for the soundcheck. There were only about six other people waiting for autographs. Not surprisingly, Lisa’s vehicle pulled right up to the sidedoor. A very large member of her staff kept the collectors at bay. Lisa jumped out of the vehicle and quickly bolted into the club without signing. I knew right then that it was going to turn into a difficult night.
Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling arrived right before the show and I was able to get this book autographed by both. Priscilla will almost always only autograph one item per person. She only signed for two individuals outside the venue, one item each. She was in a rush to get inside the club, so she didn’t personalize her autographs. Just a quick signature.
Once inside the club – Jerry, Priscilla, and other members of their entourage were kept separate from the rest of the crowd. The Presley entourage sat within a VIP section.
The Roxy staff informed everyone before the show that there would be a strict “NO CAMERAS” rule enforced inside the club. They weren’t kidding. Lisa’s personal staff walked up and down the small path between the crowd and the VIP area to make sure nobody tried to snap a photograph of Lisa Marie on stage. The security at the event was fairly strict, but I did manage to sneak a camera inside the venue snap a quick photograph of Priscilla and her entourage seated at a table. Take a look…
Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling attend Lisa Marie Presley’s show at the Roxy, 2012
As far as I could see – Lisa Marie didn’t autograph anything from the stage. She was kept away from the crowd following the performance and escorted into the VIP area by staff. It was extremely difficult to get near her for an autograph unless you had access into the VIP area.
LISA MARIE PRESLEY’S AUTOGRAPHS
A small group of autograph collectors approached Lisa’s as she left the venue. She was good enough to do a ’roll-down’ and sign a handful of items through the window of her vehicle as she pulled away from the club. This is how I got the book signed. Again – it wasn’t the best situation but it was the only opportunity I knew I’d have. Who knows when I’d run across Lisa again? Remember, I hadn’t seen her in public for three years prior to this event.
To give you a better idea of how difficult it is to get autographs like this – let’s take a look the other items I managed to get autographed by Lisa Marie Presley that night…
WTF? Lisa Marie Presley “signed” Guitar Hero Pick Guard
I was experimenting with this item. I picked up some cheap Guitar Hero Pick Guards. Stupid items, I know – but they were cheap and I thought these might make interesting collectibles. Can you see Lisa’s signature here? Of course not — she signed in the WORST POSSIBLE PLACE!! She had the entire red & white stripped area to sign. Where does she sign? In the blue stars and stripes area. You can’t even see the damn autograph. I may as well toss this item into the garbage. That’s what I get for trying to get a stupid item signed. The last time someone did this to me was SLY STONE – he ALSO signed in the blue area of the flag. Sly Stone is also a crackhead who lives in his van. Lisa Marie? What’s her excuse? Not sure what she was thinking here.
Now, here’s another pick guard I got signed by Lisa Marie…
Lisa Marie Presley Signed Pick Guard
Not bad. This is the best Lisa Marie Presley autograph I was able to secure. I’ll probably make this into a guitar at some point. Maybe I’ll try to get Priscilla to sign it as well. Hopefully, she won’t sign OVER her daughter’s autograph.
Here’s the last item I was able to get signed by Lisa…
Lisa Marie Presley’s Authentic Autograph
The signature in this book actually came out fairly nice. I wasn’t able to get Priscilla to autograph this copy though. Priscilla is almost always a “one-er” – one autograph only. Maybe I’ll try to add Priscilla’s name to it at a later date – or maybe I’ll simply leave the book as it is. Not sure.