Last Elvis bike roars onto eBay
The last motorcycle in a 30-edition “Elvis Presley 30th Anniversary Signature Motorcycle Collection” is being auctioned on eBay to benefit Presley Place, the transitional housing complex for homeless families.
The auction will end on Tuesday, Elvis’ birthday, with a reserve price of $58,815 for the motorcycle, which is designed to look like Elvis’ 1957 black Harley-Davidson FLH Model.
It was to have been auctioned during Elvis week in August, but a flood of publicity for the 30th anniversary tribute to Elvis became too overwhelming, said Lisa Rossmeyer Wade, co-owner of the Southern Thunder Harley-Davidson franchise in Horn Lake, Miss., and the Graceland Harley-Davidson franchise in Graceland Plaza.
“In consultation with Elvis Presley Enterprises, we felt like … this as a fund-raising tool for Presley Place was going to be lost in the mix.”
The first bike in the series was sold for $100,000, with $40,000 going to the American Diabetes Society. Bikes two through 29 sold for $58,815 each, and Rossmeyer Wade said all proceeds beyond the reserve price on the 30th bike will be donated to Presley Place.
She said one of the 30th anniversary bikes will be used as transportation to the stage for the guest conductor of tonight’s Memphis Symphony Orchestra Elvis Birthday Pops Concert at Cannon Center for the Performing Arts.
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