Man Sells Elvis Collection to Win Girl
Hundreds of pieces of Elvis Presley memorabilia were auctioned off over the weekend by a longtime collector trying to win back his girlfriend after she warned: “You leave the Elvis clothes or I’ll leave you.”
The items auctioned included three Elvis concert suits, two of which sold for $125,000 and $50,000, said Alan Lipkin, senior vice president of Regency-Superior, which organized the online auction. The third was still on the auction block. Also sold were necklaces Elvis gave to girlfriends and friends, cufflinks he received from President Nixon and belt buckles he wore, Lipkin said.
The seller, Jim Curtin, collected 600 cartons of Elvis memorabilia for more than 30 years and met the star several times. His unrelenting adoration eventually got the attention of Elvis, who personally presented Curtin with a white jumpsuit he wore in a Houston concert in 1974, according to the Regency Web site.
So why give up the lifetime collection? “He’s doing this to try to win back his girlfriend,” said Lipkin.
My guess is that he’ll regret this decision even if he gets the girl. Indeed, especially if he gets the girl.
I’ve never met Curtin but it’s quite possible that his Elvis fixation was obsessive. On the other hand, he’s apparently derived decades of pleasure from it. It is, for good and ill, a major part of who his is. Any woman who would demand he give it up is by definition incompatible with him.